Why we raided judges’ homes in Abuja, Port Harcourt, others – SSS

Nigerian_SSS

The State Security Service, SSS, has said that it raided the homes of some judges in various states early Saturday for alleged corruption.

State operatives carried out overnight raids on the residences of judges in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Gombe, Kano, Enugu and Sokoto.

At a press conference Saturday in Abuja, an official of the service, Abdullahi Garba, said a huge amount of money was recovered from the judges’ homes. The monies were found in local and foreign currencies.

Below is a full copy of the press conference:

Good afternoon gentlemen of the Press.

2. The Department of State Services (DSS) in the past few days, has embarked on series of special sting operations involving some Judges of the Supreme, Appeal and High Courts. These operations were based on allegations of corruptions and other acts of professional misconduct by a few of the suspected Judges. The Service action is in line with its core mandate, as we have been monitoring the expensive and luxurious lifestyle of some of the Judges as well as complaints from the concerned public over judgment obtained fraudulently and on the basis amounts of money paid.

3. The judges involved were invited, upon which due diligence was exhibited and their premises searched. The searches have uncovered huge raw cash of various denominations, local and foreign currencies, with real estate worth several millions of Naira and documents affirming unholy acts by these Judges. Meanwhile, some of them have made useful statements while a few have declined even with the glaring evidences that were found against them in terms of material cash, documents and property recovered pointing to their compromise.

4. In one of the States where the Service operations were conducted, credible intelligence revealed that the Judge had Two Million United States Dollars ($2,000,000 USD) stashed in his house. When he was approached for due search to be conducted, he in concert with the State Governor, mobilized thugs against the Service team. The team restrained itself in the face of unbridled provocative activities by those brought in by the Governor. Unfortunately, the Judge and Governor also engaged the tacit support of a sister security agency.

5. The Service surveillance team noticed that upon frustrating the operation, the Judge with the active support of the Governor craftily moved the money to an unknown location which the Service is currently making effort to unravel.

6. Meanwhile, large amount including foreign/local currencies have been recovered. Summaries of these include:

SUMMARY OF RECOVERED MONEY

1. NAIRA – N93,558,000.00

2. DOLLARS – $530,087

3. POUNDS – £25,970

4. EURO – €5,680

7. Other foreign currencies were also recovered. This were recovered from just three (3) of the judges.

8. These in addition to other banking documents, including real estate documents have been recovered. Meanwhile preparations are ongoing to arraign them in a competent court of jurisdiction in line with the laws of the nation.

9. The Service would want to clearly state that it has never invited Justice Walter NKANU ONNOGHEN for investigation, neither is he being investigated by this Service. In addition the Service would like to put it on record, that it has tremendous respect for the Judiciary and would not do anything to undermine it or its activities. The Service will also join hands with this noble institution in its fight to rid it of few corrupt Judges whose actions is undermining not only the Judiciary but the common bond of our national life.

10. Ladies and gentlemen, this current operation will be sustained and followed till sanity and sanctity is restored to the esteemed third arm of government and public confidence is regained.

11. Members of the public are also encouraged to avail the Service of any information which could assist in this drive to rid our nation of corrupt practices and tendencies.

THANK YOU.

Abdullahi GARBA,

Department of State Services,

Abuja.

8th October, 2016.


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  • Joe

    This is trash and just to hoodwink the general public.
    It is a shame that we use ex post factum to justify illegality. Is it the business of DSS yo investigate an economic crime. No where in the service mandate is it provided.

    • Capt

      Very good point. You don’t fight crime with crime

      • Adam A

        U re either living like a slave in another man’s country or in ur own country without d basics due to curruption & u re there supporting dat corruption bcos of ur biased mind; Pls grow up

        • Capt

          Grown up man I hear you. Of course I am not intimidated by your ignorance. It is in the place of NJC to punish erring judges and not DSS. If DSS is eager to fight corruption why have they paid deaf ears to the corruption on IDPs involving SGF? I can’t be your type of grown up man.

      • Hardex

        This are terrorist and they must go down like one. $2m in judge house? What is he smoking?

    • TUNERI2

      your comment is so annoying.
      it is people like you that will not allow this country to have meaningful change.

      This is what some of us voted for when we chose Buhari
      A strong hand is required to sanitise this country.
      NOW am impressed

      • Sean

        Why are responding to a mentally deranged individual given money to post here, he’s Izon Redeemer and the next second Burning Spear, social media wasn’t created for imbeciles like that, ignore him and talk to human not animal

      • Ozoko Chris tudeep

        Don’t waste your time with people like this

    • SayNo2Tribalism

      If citizens catch a thief in your house. Tell them to release the thief because it is the work of the police.

    • Outraged

      there is no illegality. Nigerians are in support of BABA. GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND WIFE IS NEXT

  • Adam A

    Corruption must be stamped by any means possible; that was I voted this govt. Let d wailers wail to hell

  • Burning Spear

    The intolerance of Bingo Buhari–the spiritual mentor of certain clowns here,is worse than Obasanjo’s and that of Adolf Hitler. When he was adopted as the ANPP’s candidate on the night of the party’s Primaries without prior warning to the other candidates and a few of them protested, Buhari got up and made a speech that those people must be disciplined. He subsequently went to d BBC’s “hard talk” and he frightened every Nigerian soul and the interviewer with his archaic and fundamentalist intolerant views. His understanding and articulation is very much in doubt. Yet he became President of the Fulani emirate via the CIA. The evil genius, IBB and his crew similarly ran rings around Buhari. On the 10th anniversary of Abacha’s demise, Buhari said that Abacha stole nothing from Nigeria! Despite millions of Dollars recovered from banks around the world and the Abacha family signing a formal agreement to return over $1 billion dollars, Buhari still said that Abacha’s stealing remains an unproved allegation!!!! Why? Because Abacha set Buhari up like an emperor and let him use oil money from the Niger Delta to develop the North without supervision or questions.Must the DSS tell these barefaced lies to justify their Luciferic acts against the masses——–the idea is just to deny the South the chance to produce the next CJF—–Separation is the only way out————————-

  • udom Ekemini

    This is a welcome development, every corrupt and criminal elements will be against d fight of corruption. God will put all in shame. U will all be punish someday. Buhari pl continue, don’t mind bad Belle PDP people

  • princegab

    Kudos pmb,dss, apc and the good people of Nigeria. Heads must roll for sanity and sanctity.

  • Austin Ufoma

    This is serious.. are we now in a police state? Invading people’s homes?

    • amazing2012

      What do you mean by police state ? So because they are judges then they are above the law ? Upon all what the government is paying them, still they collect bribe and passed judgement against innocent persons ! It is good let them be prosecuted and jailed

    • Fadama

      We like it that way.

  • TUNERI2

    It is high time we do something about the judiciary and legislative arm of government,
    Love this

  • IZON Redeemer

    Blame Nigerians who rewarded a dangerous, insensitive, dishonest, mean, cruel, partial, egoistic, religious, fundamendalist, conscienceless human being like MOHAMMADU BUHARI with the presidency of Nigeria. Given his kind of track record. So why do we still wonder why Nigeria has not and will not make it to the promised land? A Fulani oligarch who does not believe in equality before the law. The way he jailed Lateef Jakande, Jim Nwobodo, Ambrose Ali, Pa Adekunle Ajasin, Chief Ayo Ojewumi on cases that had no foundation in law–alone is enough to have scared Nigerians away from Bingo Buhari—-But the Yorubas said naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa—————-and went on to impose a Fulani Monster——like Buhari on us—————————–Now busy framing people up and sending them to jail the same way he locked humans up like sardines-until his semni Fulani brother–IBB them from his Gulag——Buhari is now back—————–trying to lie his way to hell in the south east again

    • Siyaka Momoh

      Comment from a descendant of corruption

    • Fadama

      Go and bury your head in shame.

  • amazing2012

    Good work !

  • Voltron

    Nigeria is officially now in dictatorship. We hail the Brainless Daura Dullard.

    • Siyaka Momoh

      Comment from a descendant of corruption.

    • Fadama

      Who has your so called democracy epp?

  • Shahokaya

    The task of fighting corruption is a job that must to done. We voted for change and we want to see change from a corrupt devastated country to one that we and our children will be proud of. DSS please continue with this FANSTASTIC. Next are the rogues in NASS.

    • tuby NY

      Well said.. And it was legally done2 regardless of the time of d day!

  • sunny

    praise God this is exactly what we want

  • Sean

    JUSTICE MARY PETER- ODILI MUST BE AREESTED. THIs IS WHAT MAJORITY OF NIGERIANS VOTED FOR, DICTATORSHIP AND TYRANISM AS THESE ARE THE QUALITIES THAT ANY NIGERIAN LEADER SHOULD HAVE TO DEAL WITH TO SALVAGE NIGERIA..ELSE HOW WOULD A CIVIL SERVANT COURT JUDGE HAVE $2MILLION DOLLARS AT HOME? OBAMA THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD WOULD DEAR NOT DREAM OF DOING THAT. THE 5% AMONGST US WHO CELEBRATE LOOTING WILL WAIL AND SHOUT BUT THE GOOD WORK OF THIS GOV CONTINUES AND NOT EVEN WIKE CAN STOP IT, WIKE WILL BE GONE VERY SOON! SO OVER TO WAILERS AND IF YOURE NOT SATISFIED YOU CAN GO TO OBAMA AND COMPLAIN OR RATHER COMPLAIN TO GOD BY KILLING OFF ALL YOUR GENERATIONS IN YOUR AREA, NIGERIA WILL STILL CONTINUE TO ROLL TO PROGRESS. READ THE IMBECILES SENSELESS COMMENTS HERE WITH DIFFERENT MONIKERS AND I BET YOULL SEE THEYRE ALL SICK SCUMBAGS!!

  • Paul Young

    People can criticise the tactics of the FG and DSS all they like but the truth is that the worst form of injustice and inhumanity is a judge whose judgements are for sale. Any single practicing lawyer in Nigeria you ask will tell you that they have encountered a few corrupt judges in their practice. We definitely need some sanity in the judiciary, and if we can’t achieve it the ‘democratic way’ then we must accept the dictatorial way, lest this country will never even get to the level of South Africa, let alone developed nations

  • Fadama

    The magnitude of corruption in the judiciary is mammoth. If such gestapo raids will help bring some degree of sanity, then to hell with due process. Because you simply cannot nail any of them based on the so called ‘due process’.

  • #stopterrorisingthejudiciary#

    In every country in the world, there are procedures to follow to arrest people be it the judiciary, the executive or the legislators, you cannot do a wrong thing the right way, there are laid down procedures on how a corrupt judicial officer should be investigated, yes nobody is above the law, why did the executive arrest the senate president when it was alleged that he was involve in corruption, why then should the judiciary be treated differently, with the way the are going about treating the judiciary, we are gradually moving to a state of lawlessness, good evening. “You don’t put something on nothing and expect it to stand” Lord Denning.

    • Rick Efa

      We’ve been hearing all this for years and still nothing good ever came of this country. Let them do it anyhow possible as long as we get results.

  • Rommel

    I am annoyed that Wike was not accidentally shot, it would have been good riddance

    • Oleku

      Your comment is insensitive and devilish. Nyesom Wike did the right thing by protecting the judge. Nigeria is not an authoritarian state where the Fulanis operate without recourse to law. The judiciary remains an independent arm of government ati will in no way bow to Buhari jackboot style of governance–Imam Buhari can’t gag the judiciary–like he did the press–via Fulani military dictatorship in the 80’s. Zombies.

    • I said so too,that cultist needs to be thought a very hash lesson!.

      • samuel

        I wonder how hecame he, Wike came to know about the arrest and why he has to interfere with legal duty of the security agents. Just because he would say he is cso of the state. To me, he tried to shield the judge with his immunity.

    • Etomi

      If the zealotry of the teeming inveterate Buharists does not destroy democracy in Nigeria, it will never be well with them!

      • Rommel

        Our democracy is stronger today than yesterday because we are striving for rule of law and not sale of justice or pay as go judiciary

  • OJERINDE, Olatunde A.

    How i wish a Buhari heads the Judiciary as well as the Legislative houses.

  • Comfortkay

    This is the best government we ever had since independence and the government is carrying out the promise to wipe out corruption and Nigerian should go on the street and start dancing.

  • Cleartruth

    Dss are liars. If you believe their lies you can believe anything. Their antecedents show they are liars. We are now in full dictatorship.

  • government

    This operation could have been done decently.It is simply wrong to invade someone’house at night.Kidnappers can use this method and nobody will know they are not security agents.

    • Tori Osa

      na wah for you. don’t you know your country again?

  • KBE

    We hope the legislature will also be brought to book especially those who collected illegal allowance.

  • smart

    All corrupt Judges should be arrested without delay. How can we have justice when judgement is for the highest bidder? Arrest and send them to prison.
    DSS should have taken pictures of the $2million so people don’t feel they are exaggerating. However, they should quickly unravel where it was taken to and make arrest.

  • Outraged

    GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND HIS ARMED ROBBER WIFE IS NEXT

  • SayNo2Tribalism

    The time for Buhari to do an “El Chino” is now. It is very disheartening that corrupt people among us are freely flaunting their stolen wealth in our noses and we are almost helpless. They use our stolen commonwealth to buy justice and escape punishment. President Buhari it is time to give Nigeria the Fujimori solution. This will solve our corruption problems quickly.

    • Chiwueze Ahanotu

      I support this wholeheartedly.

  • Ogidiolu

    Power stems from the people period. It is the people that empower the various arms of government to act on their behalf. However, when those arms of governement are entirely compromised like the Judiciary and Legislature then they no longer have that sacred, exclusive and inpenetrable power given by the people to act. These Judges have been in a criminal conspiracy with the Legislature and Executive for decades. They have been above the law because they administer it. There power is all but absolute. But absolute power resides in the people and we can reclaim it at anytime. We set the rules by which they rule us. They seem to forget this. I am in complete support of the SSS action. They, by their actions are attempting to break up, what up until now has been a sealed and secure cycle of corruption between all 3 arms of governement which enslaves the people whom they are supposed to be serving. We have just taken the power we gave them back. The 3 arms of governement must answer to us, not us enslaved by them.

    • Chiwueze Ahanotu

      I am with Buhari all the way.

  • Ozoko Chris tudeep

    Nice job….the job must be done

  • Femi

    I will never applaud this and neither should any right thinking Nigerian. Had Buhari truly been fighting corruption, then one may have understood but that is not the case. His Chief of Army Staff was found with properties which he could not afford. Nothing was done to him. His Minister of Interior was reported to have been skimming N1 billion monthly from Army accounts as Chief of Army Staff. Nothing was done to him. His SGF was found to have used N270 million to ut grass in IDP camp, nothing happened to him. His Chief of Staff – Abba Kyari was found to have collected N500 million bribe from MTN to help reduce their fine. Nothing was done to him. Ameachi was reported to have mismanaged close to N100 billion of Rivers State money. Nothing was done to him. Fashola was exposed by his party for spending unconscionable amounts on websites and boreholes, again, nothing happened to him. Corruption does not have different meanings for different people. It is the same. So long as you gloss over some but pursue others, that fight will amount to nothing but a farce.

    • Francis Usen

      thanks for your intelligence, I have used your beautiful work on a facebook publication.

  • thusspokez

    other acts of professional misconduct by a few of the suspected Judges<What has corruption of judges got to do with national security?

    My first thought on hearing out the arrests, was maybe these judges had been involved in aiding and abetting terrorism;. Or maybe they are foreign agents or involves in hostile intentions or activities against Nigeria. Apparently not! It is for corruption! What then are the roles of the EFCC and the Nigerian police?

  • thusspokez

    The Service action is in line with its core mandate…

    Bullocks!

    This is clear evidence to show that the ‘mumu’ SSS has no clue what its mandates are. Here are the core mandates:

    Prevention, detection and investigation of:
    1. Threat of Espionage;
    2. Threat of Subversion;
    3. Threat of Sabotage;
    4. Economic crimes of national security dimension;
    5. Terrorist activities;
    6. Separatist agitations and inter-group conflicts;
    7. Serious threat to law and order
    8. Any crime against the internal security of Nigeria”.
    9. All non-military classified matters concerning the internal security of Nigeria”.

    If the mumu SSS is even half aware of its constitutional mandates, it will realise that the role of corruption policing in government and the public sector is the preserve of the EFCC and Nigerian police. And that, it has nothing to do with the SSS except where the corruption is part of a larger crime that also affect national security, i.e., threats of sabotage, subversion, espionage, terrorism and insurgency.

    BTW If you think that I must support corruption because of my criticism of the gestapo SSS for undermining the Nigerian constitution, my response to you would be: “piss off!

    • shehu Akowe

      After spelt out all these u still needs glass to see???

    • wode

      One wonders if the author actually understands what he wrote!
      Is this not a clear case of justice subversion, sabotage as well as Economic crimes? All that happened and the unfolding reasons behind it, most especially in a country like Nigeria, require only basic logic to know that there could not have been a better way to recover the money and get the judges and their accomplishes cut red-handed.

      • thusspokez

        Is this not a clear case of justice subversion, sabotage as well as Economic crimes?

        It may well be to you, but so would be the case of a pickpocket who robs a poor Nigerian and runs away to escape law enforcement.

      • Burbank

        “One wonders if the author actually understands what he wrote!”

        He dont.

    • Burbank

      My response to you would be: “piss off!

  • Owei Alfred

    APC is tearing this nation apart! God save us!

    • IG

      I CAN SEE YOU ARE CORRUPT YOURSELF. I CAN SEE YOU ARE WAITING FOR JESUS TO COME DOWN HIMSELF TO FIGHT THE CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA FOR YOU. YOU SET OF PEOPLE ARE THE ONES DRAGGING THIS NATION BACKWARD JUST BECAUSE OF THE PEANUT GIVING TO YOU BY THE LOOTERS.

      • Burbank

        Gbam

    • Burbank

      That’s why Bukola Saraki and Jafaru Issa, both prominent APC members, are being prosecuted by Buhari.

  • IG

    God will punish everyone defending this people, called it dictatorship or any other names. MAY GOD PUNISH ANYONE DEFENDING CRIMINALS. AMEN

  • Abiodun Sodiq Babalola

    If the Hon. Judge was actually clean, he has no reason to resist the search. For his resistance he’s lost public confidence. I also see Wike culpable in this menace. They are co-conspirators. The Judge could have just allowed the search and then subsequently proceed against the commission for lack of due process, this would have concretised litigants’ confidence in the Judge. I don’t see myself standing before this infamous Judge for adjudication. He’s shown lack of the high moral rectitude expected of the bench. Wike’s particular defense of the Judge sef is questionable, what could he have been doing at that scene at the odd hour. I’m so convinced there’s a conspiracy!

    • Burbank

      With USD$2m of Wike’s bribe money, that judge will not sleep well. So too is Wike.

  • Shina

    Only persons who have skeletons in their cupboards will resist this search operation…they are a major part of the problem of Nigeria.

    • Burbank

      Corrupt judges had been using the laws to grant immunity for themselves to engaged in acts worse than Boko Haram. Shekau kill many people; corrupt judges kill an entire nation.

  • A Grim Sociopath

    Ideally, it should not have been done this way. But then again, this is Nigeria. Normal laws do not apply to us. Sane people should be wary of applauding Buhari too much for this. What the SSS did is WRONG. But it is Necessary.

  • Lawrence Efana

    The cleansing work is necessary and good: should be objective – non-normative to also be legally creditable. Wonderful that the President will address both Houses. Efforts must be made to return the country to acceptable political values, practices and a sense of trust strong enough to be the force for sustainable development, growth and industrialization. Keep ironing out the values for new mindsets of lesser corruption, mundane social life-style, more love for the nation/its peoples, unity hence lasting peace to take root. Painful today it seems, and yet “the tomorrow” needs the concrete actions. Weather the storms with understanding and hope!

    • Burbank

      Good words.