Details Of DSS Raid On Federal Judges Homes
It has been reported that the Department of State Security (DSS) had raided the residences of some court judges as a result of petitions and decisions of the National Judicial Council (NJC).
Two Supreme Court justices, John Inyang Okoro and Sylvanus Ngwunta were arrested as it was found out that they received bribes from Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike.
During a search of his home, Justice Ngwunta was in possession of N33,208m, $319,475, 25,890 pounds and 280 Euros.
While Justice Okoro had N4,35m, $38,833 and 1000 Euros in his home.
While DSS raided their houses, it was learnt that the Governor tried obstructing the arrest of the judge, creating a tense atmosphere between the DSS and the police. Some thugs were also present to prevent the arrest, along with officers from a sister agency which is a reference to the Nigerian police.
Other judges in the petition are Justice Abdullahi of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, who is yet to be apprehended as he collected $2m during the case with the PDP chair in order to rule in favour of Ahmed Makarfi led faction.
Justice Uche Nma Agomoh of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt was also been indicted.
Another judge's home, Dimgba Nnamdi, who has constantly been attacking the DSS was also raided. But when the search warrant was shown, it was meant for Justice Okoro.
Justice Muazu Pindiga, was also arrested in Gombe and transported to the DSS headquarters in Gombe. It was reported that Justice Pindiga co-operated on the grounds that he had a role in bribery scheme over the Rivers State election tribunal which led to his removal as he was alleged to have received N100m from Governor Wike.
Justice Muhammad Ladan Tsamiya of the Appeal court, recently retired by the NJC was not at home when his house was raided, but has reportedly surrendered to the DSS.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola's home was also raided and it is reported that N300m was found in his bedroom.
Justice Kabiru Auta was also arrested in Kano.
Sahara Reporters claim that the raid was meant to be carried out in collaboration with Police, but the police tipped off the Judges.
The DSS gave a breakdown of the recovered funds from three of the arrested judges:
Naira - 93,558,000
Dollars - 530,087
Pounds - 25,970
Euro - 5,680
Real Estate documents and banking documents were also recovered.
DSS in its statement say there are preparations to arraign the mentioned judges early next week.