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Monday, 10 October 2016

DSS accuses judges of collecting bribes from Departmental stores, clients in Niger republic, Benin Republic

Agents at the Department of State Security have alleged that some of the arrested judges collected bribe from departmental stores while some others traveled as far as Ghana, Benin republic and Niger republic to collect bribe. The Nation reports that the DSS has in its possession an audio and video tapes of some of the judges collecting bribe.


While one of the judges just acquired a N1.5billion mansion, another allegedly collected bribe in a department store and one allegedly crossed the borders to Benin Republic, Niger Republic and Ghana to collect money. A Court of Appeal judge allegedly collected N200million but he was only recommended for retirement and the NJC directed him to refund the cash installmentally. 
The detained judges include two Supreme Court judges-Justices Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro; the suspended Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya, who was picked up in Sokoto; Justice Adeniyi Ademola( Federal High Court); the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice I. A. Umezulike;  Justice Kabiru Auta of Kano State High Court; and Justice Muazu Pindiga( Gombe State High Court).
An agent of the DSS who spoke inconfident said “I think so far, about seven judges have been detained but altogether 15 judges are under investigations. We still have about eight others already being probed. There may be one or two Supreme Court Justices among the remaining eight. The DSS has also invited three registry staff of some courts, who probably played some roles in the bribery saga, for questioning.”
Asked of the welfare of their Lordships, the source said: “We have treated the seven judges in custody with utmost respect, decency, they are not treated like criminals at all. Their interrogation does not last more than two hours and they are given meals of their fancy. The judges are being detained. They need to fill some forms. Also,  if they had answered our questions, they would have been released under one hour. Some of these judges have made statements to our team. We have also shown them some evidence in order to show that the DSS was tidier in in its probe.”
The source continued said:  “A Supreme Court Justice has a property worth N1.5billion. If not DSS, which other agency will unravel this? Are you expecting the police to take on these judges? Another Supreme Court justice credited everything to his son. If the son started earning a living from the day he was born( assuming he was earning N1million), he cannot be able to earn one quarter of what he is claiming to have. We said it is very simple, tell us the business or the work you have done to have been able to earn so much. A judge entered a department store not to buy anything but to collect bribe, inside a supermarket from a go-between. Unknown to the judge and the collector, there are cameras in the store. The video clip is there. Another judge under probe has perfected the art of being a bribe collector on behalf of others. He is notorious in crossing the borders to Benin Republic, Niger Republic and Ghana. We know some of the hotels where he used to lodge.”
The source went on: “We have the case of a judge who issued bail conditions to an accused person but the conditions were not met and the suspect was released. After the court session, the accused person sent word to the judge that he could not meet the conditions but take this amount to set me free. Of course, the judge did not act alone; the court clerk, the bailiff and the Registrar were involved. The DSS knew all that transpired, the amount involved and who took what. When we confronted the Registrar to give us the details of how the bail conditions were met, there was no single evidence. The judge in Port Harcourt is under probe for about $2.5million. Out of that amount, $500,000 was moved elsewhere and we know where it went. They mobilised thugs because the recovery of the remaining $2million will be a lead that will open a can of worms. That face-off was used to remove the money. We are tracking the money, we already have the idea of where the $2million was hidden. We will get it. Governor Nyesom Wike’s fear was that once that money was taken, the judge must account. So, there was need to cover up. The judge exposed himself by bringing Wike into the investigation and he has made his case worse. The question is: Why was Wike at the judge’s house? Is the judge’s house a government house? How can a governor be in that place at that hour? The judge gave a ruling  on the PDP crisis by legitimising the illegitimate for a purpose.”
On the alleged planting of recovered cash in the judges’ quarters, the source said: “The DSS did not do anything like that. In fact, the judges signed for items recovered from their residences. If you crosscheck, the operation was spontaneous and simultaneous in the judges’ quarters. It started between  10.30pm and 11pm on Friday night. It was painstaking and professionally conducted. Technically speaking, the DSS gave the time and the cameras used for the operation were digitalised. The search was conducted in the presence of the owners of the houses. There was no molestation, no harassment. We don’t need to plant money in anybody’s house because we have all subscribed to the oath of office. In an era where the government is trying to be fair, we don’t need to do that. There was search warrant duly obtained from the court. The execution of a search warrant does not require the presence of a lawyer. Even at that, one of the judges invited his lawyer who examined the warrant and asked him to cooperate with the DSS operatives.”
Responding to a question, the source said: “The DSS is in custody of some audio and video tapes of some of these judges. By the time we start running these tapes, Nigerians will appreciate that we have done a good job. The DSS did not just jump into investigation, it received petitions on these judges on how  they literally took money. The worst aspect is that they took money with both hands. Some of these things were becoming disturbing and people were bringing facts and figures. We went to verify these. If a judge builds a house, it is easier to discover because he might have bought the land from an individual or an agency or estate agent. There is no way you can cover up all these things.”
Concerning why the DSS stormed the official quarters of the judges, the source added that the poor  cooperation of the NJC accounted for it.”
He spoke of how the DSS decided to go through the NJC to invite the judges for investigation “in a less dramatic way”. Correspondences were exchanged between the NJC and the Federal Ministry of Justice for certain information and dossier. The Ministry of Justice complied but the NJC refused, he claimed.
“We wanted to intervene in a less dramatic way. In fact,MIT was our wish, it would have been seamless. But it did not work that way. In the last two weeks, the NJC submitted the names of three judges for sanctions. By what the NJC told the press, one of the judges, Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya, only demanded N200million from a litigant, but the DSS discovered that he took the money. The NJC asked the Appeal Court Justice to be paying back the N200million instalmentallly. Is that punishment proportionate to the offence? The NJC went ahead to give such a judge soft landing. That in itself is corruption. Other officers were to be retired. Then, what happens to the proceeds of the crimes committed? How is that action going to stop corruption? Notwithstanding, DSS is  working with everybody. We are in touch with NJC. Even today, we exchanged correspondence with the NJC. We don’t personalize issues. For record purpose, NJC is not a court of law; it is an institutional disciplinary body which ought to collaborate with security and anti-graft agencies.”
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has criticized the arrests, saying the judges should be released. The source faulted the NBA’s reaction, stressing that the cleansing of the Judiciary was not peculiar to Nigeria. I think there is nothing like tension; whoever tries to provoke national insecurity will be dealt with according to the law of the land. There is nobody that is above the law. In Ghana, 32 senior judges and over 20 magistrates were sent out if the bench because of corruption. Did the Ghana Bar Association threaten to shut down the courts?”
Asked if the DSS will respect court orders to release the judges when arraigned, the source said: “If it is an order, we will respect the court and release them.”

34 comments:

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OSINANL said...

STORY!
ONE THING IS SURE... BUHARI WON'T BE THERE FOREVER

Ogenah Boris said...

Drama coming

hustle 2 get married no be here.. said...

Hmmmmmmnmmm

Bonita Bislam said...

The judiciary must be purged for bad eggs if this country is really serious about fighting corruption. DSS must be given free hand to do their job, regardless of whose ox is gored.
A clear conscience they say fears no allegations, if they are as clean as they claim, they should have willingly surrendered themselves to DSS. Nobody should be above the law

freeborn bamislam suani ahmad bamislam said...

Lies from the pit of apc. Why not south Africa or Congo huh?
MAKE UNA GO AN COOK ANOTHER LIE TO JUSTIFY UNA USELESS LAWLESS ACTION.
terrorist the dictator what happen to u in 1985 is knocking on ur door step since ur demonic unforgiving satanic fullani spirit dont want to learn.
















#sad indeed

HRM Paul said...

Y won't NBA complain stupid ignorant people.The lawprofession was the last hope of the common man but in Nigeria no way with moni u canbuy judgement. Let them trial them and jaail them thieves

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Hmmmm

FredLaw said...

If these judges have cases to answer let them go clear their names BUT why did buratai get it so easy? How about the anointed CJN in waiting for whom the path is being cleared? Are his hands clean?

Ndubisi Tochukwu said...

the judicial system and it's anchors are the most corrupt
Signed
LibBadBoy

Anonymous said...

Even at that is dat y dey went at dat ungodly hour to arrest someone .buhari is taken dis country backward can u imagine . if i am to judge dis matter i will say dey wanted to eliminate those judges . na me talk an Ndubuisi UK ,freeborn u be my man I dey ur side

Juliet Iwuno said...

Imagine! Linda take note!

Anonymous said...

Very interesting, now some of us are better inform about the whole thing

Alex odoemena said...

Very interesting, now some of us are better inform about the whole thing

Vivian Reginalds said...

hmmm
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Eze Chinyere said...

And non was collected from Nigerian politician.
Just saying my mind

ike manuel said...

I just dey observe

Na me talk am!

Long Live Lib!!!

Anonymous said...

Well done DSS...feeling you guys like kilode..make sure you arrest more. Useless Judges..they would be adjourning cases all the time without conviction and be giving conflicting judgements..the NBA should shut up or align themselves

Anonymous said...

Anyone notice that they are all from one part of the country?!!!!

FRESH said...

Only completely idiotic & ignorant Nigerians who don't know how the DSS works that'll keep talking trash.Nigeria shall be cleaned up.The process has begun. Support your government. leave sentiments. Corrupt people have no tribal,ethnic or religious affiliations.They are just corrupt. We, on the other hand,suffer the consequences of their actions & inactions. Someone, here has lost a close or distant,loved relative from road accident-corruption kept our roads that way.Someone here has lost loved one due to poor healthcare services-corruption is the reason those things happen. Some many people here are jobless-corruption reduced the country's capacity to expand its economy & employ.Lots of you are poor & broke-corruptuon has limited the opportunities.When the President said if we do not kill corruption, it will kill us! Linda Ikeji,those guys in PDP you subtly support destroy this country. They are doing everything they can to resist it being fixed.The youths of this country cannot be looking the other way & allowing silly ethnic sentiments control how we reason.Corruption has killed this country. Let's save it now! The President is not perfect.no one is!

Chizzy Liz said...

************************Video tapes kwa ??????? Chai***** dix kain allegation na well fried one !!!!!!! Dem garnish am pass fried rice !!!!!!!

Chizzy Liz said...

************************Video tapes kwa ??????? Chai***** dix kain allegation na well fried one !!!!!!! Dem garnish am pass fried rice !!!!!!!

jamesbond said...

In the first place an abuse of the rule of law is corruption in itself. If by statute the body charged with the responsibility of handling corruption in the judiciary isn't performing its function, do you now take the law into your hands and still claim to be fighting corruption?

Every accused person is innocent until proven guilty, the approach of these men shows its the other way round- you are guilty until you prove your innocence,or how do you explain the question of you being asked to account for your possessions if they don't have incriminating evidence on how they were fraudulently acquired?

"The judge gave a ruling on the PDP crisis by legitimising the illegitimate for a purpose.”
The DSS have now become a competent court of law that can pass judgement.

It is clear that due process and freedom is under threat with the actions of these men. Silence and nonchalance is support for is submission to slavery.

Anonymous said...

Na wa oh. They even have video recordings as proof of concrete evidence. This country is not safe. It is messed up and some idiots will still come here and be supporting corruption

Anonymous said...

Will you shut up there! They said they have video evidence and you are still there talking. May thunder fire you and your generation for supporting corruption. Idiot

Anonymous said...

Shut up! Didnt you read where they said one of the judges is from Sokoto? Even if they are all from one part of the country, is that why they should be corrupt? Fool

Anonymous said...

So one of the judges is from Sokoto according to this post? So why are people saying all the judges are from a particular part of the country? Even if they are all from one part of the country, does it justify them to be corrupt? Is that why they should be corrupt? Smtcheew

Anonymous said...

Wike is corrupt for him to have supported them. Most governors did not win election but they are governors because the corrupt judges gave judgement in their favour because they were bribed by the governors. This is why they are supporting the judges. I weep for Nigeria!

Anonymous said...

Many criminals, armed robbers and corrupt politicians are walking freely on the streets today because of corrupt judges. Buhari well done. Majority of Nigerians are strongly behind you. Only corrupt people will support corruption!

Anonymous said...

Please kill all the corrupt judges and politicians. They are not supposed to be in this world

Mr Wonderful said...

Shut up and support progress you idiot!

Okuru Bennett said...

The "TRUTH" is "BITTER" like QUININE used to treat malaria and "BUOYANT" like the COCONUT on tidal rivers!!!
It CANNOT be DROWNED under water!!!
Let's speak the TRUTH and SHAME the devil tormenting Nigeria!!!
Then, match forward to DEVELOP OUR PATRIA!!!!

Ebonty said...

The NBA should go n sleep. Birds of the same feathers. They know it will soon get to them. DSS, pls do ur job. Ordinary citizens are with you. Let MBA goto hell

Anonymous said...

Y our ogas kom kip quiet abt Budget Padding....instead oga had closed door meeting wt Dogara...ha ha ha. DSS una no see d pple wey carry N270m clear grass at IDP camp.
Free Born ur my man .

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