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Embattled eight Nigerian judges and two court registrars who are being investigated, following allegations of corruption levelled against
them, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has allegedly placed them under house arrest as probe begins next week.
A highly placed source at the commission yesterday told Nigerian Pilot Saturday that the affected judges were placed under tight security watch by the operatives of the EFCC in other not to temper with investigations and documentary evidence against them.
According to the source, a team of crack interrogators that will grill the Judicial officers have already been put in place by the acting chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu, to commence some interactions with the suspects next week over allegations bordering on money laundering and corruption.
The announcement came seven days after the State Security Services raided the homes of seven other judges and arrested them over graft charges.
Justice Mohammed Liman could not be arrested in Port Harcourt after Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike and the police blocked SSS operatives from doing so.
The arrested judges were released on bail on Sunday. The SSS however, said eight others might soon be rounded up to answer questions regarding alleged corruption.
In its statement, the EFCC said investigations were proceeding well in the
fresh and unrelated probe and that the judges found culpable would soon be arrested and charged to court.
The names of the judges being investigated were, however, not disclosed.
“Some of the suspects who have been invited have made useful statements that have been of great assistance to the investigations,” EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement sent to Nigerian pilot Saturday.
“In due course, those who have cases to answer would be arrested and charged to court.”
The commission said “of the seven judges who are subject of the SSS raids, only one of them previously featured in a petition on alleged corruption to the EFCC.”