Judges' Arrest DSS uncovers Supreme Court’s secret account with billions of Naira

The DSS gathered that money was withdrawn from the said account to fund foreign trips of some judges.

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As investigations continue into the case of seven judges who were arrested for alleged corruption, the Department of State Services (DSS) says it has uncovered a Supreme Court bank account containing billions of Naira.

The Nation reports that the account is being operated outside the civil service procedures.

It was also gathered that money was withdrawn from the said account to fund foreign trips of some judges on regular bases.

“In line with the current investigation of some judges, the DSS has discovered a suspicious account in the Supreme Court," a highly-placed source said.

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Summary of money recovered from 3 judges


"The modalities for the operation of the account allegedly against the extant financial regulations were being probed by the security agency.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspicious account was used to cater for foreign trips of some judges, including a few ones who were arrested by the DSS.

“The remittances into the account were in billions of Naira. There is a strong suspicion by the DSS that the dollars seized from the residences of some of these judges were drawn from the suspicious account.

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“Some principal officers have been interrogated by the secret service. The manner in which the account was operated was suspected to be outside the extant laws in the civil service.

“It is left to the civil servants to prove that the processes of opening the account and managing it were legal and transparent. Otherwise, they have a case to answer.”

Another source said one of the officials was intercepted at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja while trying  to travel  out of the country for a conference.

“None of the officials can travel out until the ongoing investigation is completed,” the source said.

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