The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday began questioning two judges accused of corruptly enriching themselves in the course of their duty.
This comes inspite of the the National Judicial Council’s opposition.
The two Federal High Court judges, Mohammed Nasir Yunusa and Hyeladzira Ajiya Nganjiwa, were summoned to the Lagos Office of the EFCC, where they were quizzed by top operatives.
Reports said the two judges arrived the EFCC’s office around 10:05 am and were immediately ushered into the interrogation room.
Their invitation is sequel to the bribery and money laundering allegations the commission discovered during investigations in an ongoing case in which two senior lawyers have already been arraigned in court.
It will be recalled that the EFCC had on March 9, 2016 arraigned two Senior Advocates of Nigerian, SANs, Rickey Tarfa SAN and Joseph Nwobike, before a Lagos High Court on allegations of offering gratification to a public official.
The two senior lawyers are currently facing criminal prosecution for allegedly giving bribes to judges in order to obtain favourable judgments.
Vanguard quoted a source at the EFCC as saying: “Subsequent investigation revealed that the two Judges allegedly received sums of money from the two senior lawyers severally”
The controversy generated by the arrest of judges nationwide last week by the Department of State Security Service, DSS, in connection with graft-related offences, is yet to cool off.
Although the judges have protested the raids on their homes by the DSS, the security agency plans to arraign them any moment from now to prove their culpability or otherwise.
Two of the judges have kicked against their treatment by the DSS and have indicated readiness to challenge the DSS in court, accusing the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, of being responsible for their travails, an accusation, the AGF has demised as an afterthought.