DSS Releases Detained Judges

The seven top judges that were reported detained over the weekend for cases of corruption have been released on bail. 

According to reports, the judges 'reported yesterday (Monday) to the DSS headquarters' and would continue that way.

The judges under investigated are:

Inyang Okoro and Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court; Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja; Kabir Auta of the Kano High Court; Mu’azu Pindiga of the Gombe High Court, Mohammed Tsamiya of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin; and the Chief Judge of Enugu State Justice I. A. Umezulike.

DSS sources said the judges were all released on bail yesterday (Sunday) on self- recognizance. They reported on Monday and they have all gone back home. They will be coming back today (Tuesday). And everything went very procedurally well and civil.

They were released on bail on self -recognizance based on the fact that given their standing in the society, they cannot run away.

They were allowed access to their families and they are cooperating with us. We still respect them. They are not being treated like common criminals.

They were instructed that they should come back today by 10am. They did report for investigation this morning and they have gone back home. And the investigation continues and preparation to charge them to court, the security source said.

He said the arrest of the judges took a dramatic turn weekend because of the National Judicial Council (NJC) refusal to allow the DSS question the affected judges.

Daily Trust reports that the investigation started about seven months ago, that's precisely in April, 2016. 

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