The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has linked more Supreme Court Justices to corrupt practices in an ongoing probe into the affairs of Nigeria’s judiciary.
The probe was sparked by an October raid carried out by the Department of State Services (DSS) on some judges across the country, including Supreme Court Justices, Inyang Okoro and Sylvester Ngwuta.
“From our findings so far, there is much rot in the Judiciary,” an EFCC source told The Nation.
“More Supreme Court Justices have questions to answer on suspicious funds in their accounts. We cannot give you their names but it is certain that the apex court needs a surgical cleansing.
“We are already proffering charges against some of the six judges of the Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court interrogated by our team. In fact, one of them will face a 12-count charge.
“We do not want piecemeal arraignment of the judges in court. We plan to file charges against all of them at once.”
“It is only in exceptional circumstances like ill-health and any emergency that these judges will be allowed to step out of the country. They have all been watch-listed pending the conclusion of investigation or their trial,” the source added.
Meanwhile, the National Judicial Council (NJC) has bowed to public pressure and suspended seven senior Judges who were arrested by the DSS on allegations of corruption.