The Department of State Security, DSS in the last 24 hours has been inundated with fresh petitions against corrupt judges by Nigerians.
Over the weekend, the DSS had conducted simultaneous raids on homes of allegedly corrupt across the country, arresting some.
Although the said judges were later freed by the DSS, reports say the agency had gatheered sufficient evidence to prosecute them in the days ahead.
In the past, the DSS had questioned the conduct of many judges, but had no way of prompting investigations.
Security sources on Wednesday revealed that the State Security Service is now being inundated with petitions from concerned Nigerians.
The petitioners are accusing the judges of fraud and want the SSS to widen its investigation beyond the judges already listed for probe and possible prosecution.
According to a report published by Premium Times on Wednesday, one DSS source revealed:
“It’s like everyone who has had cause to go to court for one reason or the other has been a victim.”
Officials say the revelations are coming as the SSS works to consolidate evidence ahead of the arraignment of the indicted judges.
Seven judges were arrested by the DSS and taken into custody.
The raid was conducted simultaneously in six-statesof the federation, including the FCT.
The affected Supreme Court judges included Inyang Okoro, Sylvester Ngwuta arrested in Abuja.
Also, Federal High Court judges, Adeniyi Ademola and Mohammed Tsamiya were arrested in Abuja.
Others arrested included, Kabir Auta, Kano; Muazu Pindiga, Gombe; and Innocent Umezulike in Enugu.
Although the judges were released on Monday, initial plans to arraign them were stalled for reasons not disclosed by the DSS.
Fresh Petitions Flood DSS Over Corrupt Judges
According to the report, sources at the agency’s headquarters revealed that the judges will be arraigned next week.
The sources said the SSS had dispatched proofs of its allegations against the judges to the National Judicial Council (NJC) for action.
A DSS source said:
“We have written the NJC about what has happened and we expect the NJC to take some decisions about the affected judges this week.
“Once that is done, hopefully by next week or thereabout, we should arraign them in court.”
The NJC is the judicial body saddled with the constitutional responsibility of investigating and sanctioning erring judges.
The agency hopes the NJC, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) will recommend sanctions against the judges based on the evidence of corruption tendered against them.
Reports based on the weekend raid disclosed that the SSS found large sums of money in the homes of the judges.
Some of the cash were denominated in naira as well as other foreign currencies .
Nigerians Inundate DSS With Fresh Petitions Against Judges
If the NJC finds the evidence by the SSS sufficient, the judges could be dismissed, leading to possible arrest and prosecution.
Sources within the SSS say many Nigerians were supportive of the crackdown by inundating the SSS with damning petitions.
Some of the petitioners have been victims of abuse of court processes, expressing their willingness to testify against the judges.
The sources said the allegations contained fascinating facts that could go a long way in nailing the judges in the court of law.
An SSS source disclosed:
“More facts are trickling in and we cannot ignore them.
“It is our statutory responsibility to investigate painstakingly every complaint.
“Some victims have even indicated their readiness to testify in court.”
The source also revealed that operatives uncovered false asset and age declarations by some of the judges
Nigerians have reacted to the DSS raid, with the majority seemingly against the maer in which the raid was conducted.