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DSS recovers N271,7m from 3 Judges

The Department of State Services (DSS) has recovered the estimated sum of N271,740,326.07 from three judges arrested at the weekend across the nation, reports ITRealms.

DSS said this recovery was made in what agency described as special sting operations involving some Judges of the Supreme, Appeal and High Courts, cutting across N93,558,000.00; $530,087 about N166,072,038.37; £25,970 about N10,117,032.18; and €5,680 about N1,993,255.52.

Official of the Department of State Services, Abuja, Abdullahi Garba, told ITRealms on Saturday during a press conference that these operations were based on allegations of corruptions and other acts of professional misconduct by a few of the suspected Judges.

DSS action, he said, was in line with its core mandate, as they have been monitoring the expensive and luxurious lifestyle of some of the Judges as well as complaints from the concerned public over judgment obtained fraudulently and on the basis amounts of money paid.

The judges involved, Garba said, were invited, upon which due diligence was exhibited and their premises searched, noted the searches have uncovered huge raw cash of various denominations, local and foreign currencies, with real estate worth several millions of Naira and documents affirming unholy acts by these Judges.

He also told ITRealms, some of them have made useful statements while a few have declined even with the glaring evidences that were found against them in terms of material cash, documents and property recovered pointing to their compromise.

In one of the States, DSS said, where the Service operations were conducted, credible intelligence revealed that the Judge had Two Million United States Dollars ($2,000,000 USD) stashed in his house. When he was approached for due search to be conducted, he in concert with the State Governor, mobilized thugs against the Service team. The team restrained itself in the face of unbridled provocative activities by those brought in by the Governor. Unfortunately, the Judge and Governor also engaged the tacit support of a sister security agency.

“The Service surveillance team noticed that upon frustrating the operation, the Judge with the active support of the Governor craftily moved the money to an unknown location which the Service is currently making effort to unravel,” he said.

Meanwhile, large amount including foreign, and local currencies have been recovered.
Other foreign currencies were also recovered. This were recovered from just three (3) of the judges.

These in addition to other banking documents, including real estate documents have been recovered. Meanwhile preparations are ongoing to arraign them in a competent court of jurisdiction in line with the laws of the nation.

The Service would want to clearly state that it has never invited Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghene for investigation, neither is he being investigated by this Service. In addition the Service would like to put it on record, that it has tremendous respect for the Judiciary and would not do anything to undermine it or its activities.

The Service, Garba said, will also join hands with this noble institution in its fight to rid it of few corrupt Judges whose actions is undermining not only the Judiciary but the common bond of our national life.

This current operation, DSS explained will be sustained and followed till sanity and sanctity is restored to the esteemed third arm of government and public confidence is regained.

Remmy Nweke/ED, Ops
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