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Detained Supreme Court Judges Released By DSS




The Department of State Security Services has released all the detained Supreme Court Judges.

It will be recalled that several supreme court judges were detained between Friday and Saturday, last week, in which large amount of cash was recovered both in foreign and local currencies. The nationwide swoop on Judges, according to the DSS, is to fish out corrupt judges, who are believed to have collected bribe before and after the 2015 general elections.

Sources in the agency who spoke to Premium Times, said all the seven judges were released on self-recognition.

“They were all released on bail yesterday(Sunday) on self recognition,” one of our sources said.
“They reported this morning (Monday) and they have all gone back home. They will be coming back tomorrow. And everything went very procedurally well and civil.

“They were released on bail on self recognition based on the fact that given their standing in the society, they cannot run away. They were instructed that they should come back today by 10am.

“They did report for investigation this morning and they have gone back home. And the investigation continues and preparation to charge them to court continued.”

The source added, “Also, action was sequel to lack of cooperation by National Judicial Council. Such as refusal by the NJC to allow the affected persons to be questioned by the DSS. Investigation started some seven months ago, precisely in April 2016.”

Many Nigerians have accused the Federal Government and the DSS of disrespecting the Judiciary, with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), asking its members to boycott courts nationwide. The Presidency however, said the war is not against the Judiciary but against corruption.