– The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has summoned some lawyers over alleged judicial misconduct
– The lawyers have been accused of transferring huge sum of money to some of the recently indicted judges
– Three of the lawyers were grilled by the EFCC on Thursday, October 27, at the commission’s office in Lagos
The Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is currently quizzing three senior lawyers over the involvement with corruption in the judiciary, Premium Times reports.
The lawyers sources said reported the Lagos office of the EFCC Thursday, October 27.
They were being grilled for allegedly transferring huge sums of money to the bank accounts of some indicted judges.
These senior advocates of Nigeria include: Paul Usoro, Gani Adetola-Kaseem, and Felix Fagbohungbe.
“We have discovered that corruption in the judiciary is widespread,” the source said.
The source while about 20 to 30 lawyers are still expected, these lawyers will have to explain to the commission the need for the money transfers.
“Some Senior Advocates of Nigeria who have assisted the Commission in handling some of our cases in the past are also involved. Some of these lawyers had assisted us with useful legal opinions on several matters. So, we are in a dilemma,” the source said.
Also Ali Modu-Sheriff’s lawyer Niyi Akintola was said to be among some of the lawyers summoned, although he is yet to honuor the commission’s invitation.
He said to have travelled to Abuja to defend a judge before the National Judicial Counsel over a petition.
“If any judge refuses to honour our summons, the EFCC will have no choice than to employ legal process to make him or her respect the law of the land.
“We have accorded all the judges who came to the EFCC a lot of respect in line with international best practices,” the source added.
It was gathered that the lawyers might have been invited after accusations that the EFCC was on the verge of covering up crimes committed due to long standing relationship with the commission’s leadership.
This followed the visit by some judges – Uwani Abba-Aji, James Agbadu-Fishim, Mohammed Yunusa, Nganjiwa Hyledzira, and Musa Kurya to the EFCC’s office.
On Friday, October 7, residence of some Nigerian judges across the country were raided by operatives of the Department of State Services over alleged corruption.
The raid led to the arrest of two Supreme Court judges – Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro – and two Abuja division Federal High Court judges – Adeniyi Ademola and Nnamdi Dimgba.
Judges sitting in Gombe, Kano, Port Harcourt and some other cities were also affected.