The homes of some federal judges in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capity city was earlier today reportedly beseiged by officers from the Department of State Security (DSS). Going by reports, Justices Nnamdi Dimgba and Adebiyi Ademola’s homes on Samuel Ogbemudia Cresent in the Apo Legislative Quarters of Abuja were surrounded by the officers who are alleged to have broken into Dimgba’s compound with a sledgehammer.
Meanwhile there are reports that two Supreme Court justices were taken into custody last night for their alleged roles in judgement in favour of one of the two leading political parties in Akwa Ibom State and another state in the South East. Three judges from Sokoto, Bauchi and Kano were also taken into custody for allegedly collecting bribes, according to a top source involved in the operation. Similarly, a popular Federal High Court judge in Abuja from the South West and another who recently countered his colleague’s judgement relating to the ongoing PDP crisis, was also picked up. Also taken into custody last night, were some suspected fraudulent court registrars.
A top Federal Ministry of Justice official told Vanguard that: “The Federal Government has commenced the arrest and detention of some corrupt judges as part of its effort to cleanse the judiciary. This exercise has just begun and will continue until the bad eggs are flushed out to give the country a new lease of life. The operation may not be concluded tonight but I can assure you that we will carry it to a logical conclusion in the overall interest of the nation.”