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#DSS RAID: Justices to get 58 years jail term

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News Report

Three weeks after the night raid on their homes by security agencies, the Federal Government will, today, formally file corruption charges against three senior court judges out of the seven, who were arrested and quizzed, last month. The three jurists, whose cases are being filed today before the Federal High Court in Abuja, are Justices John Inyang Okoro and Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court, and a Federal High Court judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola.

While Justices Okoro and Ngwuta are to be charged with alleged money laundering, Ademola is facing charges of alleged money laundering and illegal possession of firearms. The  judges may risk no fewer than 58 years in jail, if convicted.

Excerpt: Vangaurd Newspaper


Certainly, these three judges have a case to answer. I am not saying they are guilty of the allegations leveled against them. But if monies and firearms were found in their possession, then they need to give an explanation in court. Whether the DSS infringed on their rights about three weeks ago, by raiding their homes in the early hours of the day, that’s another case that can only be resolved in the court of law. Meanwhile, as it stands, the issue here has to do with corruption. And they will have to prove their innocence.

Whether this is a political witch-hunt or not, I think it is a welcome development that elites will now start to feel that they too are not above scrutiny.

What’s your kick on the report?

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  • Oh wow, 58years is as good as life imprisonment, I agree with the writer that it would serve as a lesson to others, but come to think of it if this is a witch hunt by the ex-governor of rivers as suspected, then others would be scared, they would rather obey him than to be punished like this judges. According to this judges they are being punished because they decided to obey our corrupt leaders.