How NJC’s Tepidness Led To Judges’ Arrest – Report

A report alleges tepidness by the National Judicial Council, NJC, on inquiry over corrupt judges led to their being arrested by the Department of State Security, DSS, last week.

A DSS source reportedly said certain information and dossier sought from the NJC on corrupt judges was not complied with while the Ministry of Justice heeded the similar request.

The Nation quoting the DSS source said: “We wanted to intervene in a less dramatic way. In fact, MIT was our wish, it would have been seamless. But it did not work that way.

“In the last two weeks, the NJC submitted the names of three judges for sanctions. By what the NJC told the press, one of the judges, Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya, only demanded N200million from a litigant, but the DSS discovered that he took the money.

“The NJC asked the Appeal Court Justice to be paying back the N200million instalmentallly. Is that punishment proportionate to the offence? The NJC went ahead to give such a judge soft landing. That in itself is corruption,” the source said, adding:

“Other officers were to be retired. Then, what happens to the proceeds of the crimes committed? How is that action going to stop corruption?

“Notwithstanding, DSS is  working with everybody. We are in touch with NJC. Even today, we exchanged correspondence with the NJC. We don’t personalize issues.

“For record purpose, NJC is not a court of law; it is an institutional disciplinary body which ought to collaborate with security and anti-graft agencies.”

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