UPDATE | AGF sends names of more judges to DSS for probe

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, has forwarded the names of more alleged corrupt judges to the Department of State Services for investigation.

The names sent by the AGF to the security agency were those of judges whose cases of allegations of misconduct, contained in petitions earlier sent to the National Judicial Council, were allegedly not investigated by the NJC due to sentiments.

Last weekend’s arrest of some judges in different parts of the country followed complaints received by office of the AGF and thereafter transmitted to law enforcement agencies, including the DSS.

Besides the seven judges arrested at weekend , the DSS said it was investigating eight other judges, bringing the total number to 15.

With the six names submitted to the DSS, the service is now investigating a total of 21 judges.

Large sums of money in local and foreign currencies were recovered from three of the arrested judges during the operations that lasted between Friday night and the early hours of Saturday.

The Punch confirmed from a source in the Federal Ministry of Justice on Tuesday that the names of a fresh set of judges, marked for investigation, were sent to the SSS on Monday.

It was learnt that the letter by the minister was personally delivered at the DSS headquarters in Abuja by a senior aide.

The new names on the minister’s list, it was learnt, included two Chief Judges of High Courts, three judges of different divisions of the Federal High Court, and a Justice of the Court of Appeal.

In one of the latest corruption revelations, a SAN was said to have paid N500,000 into the account of a Chief Judge and another was paid N7million.

Also a Federal High Court judge was said to have received N5million bribe from a SAN.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of the DSS, Lawal Daura, met briefly with Buhari on Tuesday as a way of briefing the president as they are set to go after more corrupt judges.