Nigeria’s secret police, SSS, releases detained judges

SSS operatives
SSS operatives

The State Security Service has released all the judges arrested during a nationwide sweep between Friday and Saturday, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

Sources in the agency said all the seven judges were released on self-recognizance.

“They were all released on bail yesterday(Sunday) on self recognition,” one of our sources said.

“They reported this morning (Monday) and they have all gone back home. They will be coming back tomorrow. And everything went very procedurally well and civil.

“They were released on bail on self recognition based on the fact that given their standing in the society, they cannot run away. They were instructed that they should come back today by 10am.

“They did report for investigation this morning and they have gone back home. And the investigation continues and preparation to charge them to court continued.”

The source added, “Also, action was sequel to lack of cooperation by National Judicial Council. Such as refusal by the NJC to allow the affected persons to be questioned by the DSS. Investigation started some seven months ago, precisely in April 2016.”

The crackdown has continued to generate mixed reactions across the country.

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  • Capt

    Nigeria is a drama state. This may probably be the last time you will hear about this matter until they are ready to shoot part 2

    • Hank

      Too funny….

  • e_orpheus

    Patience dear Captain. They’re out on bail, they’ll be charged to court. The wheels grind annoyingly slow, but crush they surely will.

  • kusanagi

    It’ll get to court and nothing will happen until Buhari’s out of office and the next president loses interest.

  • Alhaji

    End of the case.

  • igboham

    The SSS went through all the drama to release them on self recognition. I know that the SSS usually just invites some people – politicians to come in for questioning. Not judges? They wanted to make a point and the point has been made loud and clear. The Judiciary has now been intimidated to submission and no one can ever vouch for fairness or justice on any court ruling involving the Federal government. The damage is done and the world have noted same. Arrest before investigation?

    • separation is the answer-

      The global rule on such matters is for clear——-investigate before arrest–period–not arrest then investigate later– the bingo Buhari method—This is nothing but a National disgrace——Buhari will soon push Nigerian towards a pariah status again————-Sadly for us any time the Fulanis ati Yorubas are in power——-this is what often happens—————-it is confusion unlimited-That is why we have to go our separate ways—we cannot continue with these try yr luck kind of Fulani ati Yoruba government———-for another 50 yrs————–no way——-

    • Gat

      Guess u didn’t read the article to know that investigations has been on for 6 months…. it’s called home burst on the streets.

      • igboham

        Did you read this part and were they busted on the streets?

        “They did report for investigation this morning and they have gone back home. And the investigation continues and preparation to charge them to court continued.”

  • u-best

    When will this man leaves all the fruitless & senseless propaganda & work for the masses to enjoy democracy, 2 years almost gone no criminal sentence.

  • Mayo

    They were released on bail on self recognition based on the fact that given their standing in the society, they cannot run away

    Yet you had to arrest them by 1 AM with armed masked men?……

    • dami

      yeah cos if they knew they would hidden their loot!

      • Mayo

        How? You’re telling me that if you drive up to their house by say 5 PM to arrest them, they will hide their loot? Let’s even suppose they hide cash, is that the only thing you have to convict? Unless that cash was ‘marked’ or you have proof that someone paid a specific amount and the cash you find is similar to that amount, having large amount of cash is not enough evidence to convict them on corruption charges

        • dami

          Obviously we don’t share the same meaning of integrity – having the money is totally enough to convict…esp when people are alleging they are taking bribes and writing petitions then you now have large unexplained amounts of cash that you could not have earned via salary, are too afraid to deposit in a bank and cannot explain the source as he has no business that could of earned that cash.

          • Mayo

            You are jumping the gun – you have no proof that the large amounts of cash were unexplained. Didn’t we hear the government defend the chief of army staff owning properties abroad? SSS did not tell us the men have been questioned and they were not able to explain the cash they have. SSS didn’t even show us the cash so we can’t even be sure that cash was found. If you remember the same SSS allegedly found cash in the guest house of Akwa Ibom which was denied and the SSS never proved it.

          • dami

            No, I’m not jumping the gun, aside from the $2M that was not found monies were found in the house of the other judges, accounts opened with family members BVN but operated by the judges, video footage of one judge collecting cash in a dept store abroad, multiple check in details of the ph judge in other African countries (hotel and airport and hotel visits) evidence of ownership of property worth N1.5b and other landed properties.
            I could go on and on.

            But pls don’t insult the intelligence of other human beings by mentioning buratai…the guy has been declaring his assets with his own hand since when obj was in power…right thru ya’adua and gej’s tenure…the paper work is with the CCB – go see for your self, just don’t insult us with your logic.

            We understand you don’t like Buhari, no problem it’s not by force or even necessary to like him..but pls put forth a logical argument.

          • Mayo

            Stop telling lies – video footage of judge collecting cash in dept store abroad, multiple check in details.. where are these things? Even if you’ve seen them, how is withdrawing money a sign of corruption? The same people who said the Judges were collecting cash and keeping it in their house are now saying the Judges were withdrawing money from an ATM??? Does that even make sense to you?

            You love insulting people who don’t agree with you. Before you start accusing some-one of not putting forth logical arguments, why don’t you yourself put forth logical argument?

            Finally, how do you know the judges did not declare their properties with CCB? And since you claim to be so logical, do you think simply declaring something with CCB means there is no corruption involved? Saraki is being tried for declaring properties which he had allegedly not acquired when he declared them, he is also being tried for declaring properties he bought with proceeds from corruption so don’t come here and argue that the fact that Burutai declared his Dubai properties automatically means he is clean.

          • dami

            Seems a lot of things don’t make sense to you
            A judge traveling abroad to collect cash from a bag man in a dept store is fishy
            A judge opening and account in another persons name (his family member) without the persons knowledge…and yes a judge having hotel & airline check in details when meeting up with lawyers to collect cash to subvert justice is fishy
            Also Saraki is also being tried for not declaring properties he owns in his ccb decalration.
            Lastly instead of trying to guess that buratai is corrupt why don’t you write a petition with detailed knowledge of his assets that he has hidden? Or acquired by theft?
            At least petitions got these judges investigated and arrested…so if your so sure buratai is corrupt pls write him up to the DSS / EFCC / ICPC.

            But I’m dead sure you’re just a bigot…and just hate him for his religion or his tribe and only wish he was arrested – wailer.

  • Decimator

    But behold, bet me before we know it, the same DSS with overwhelming evidence against
    these Judges, will be asking for secret trial with masking of witnesses or rather
    be even totally afraid of going further with the proclaimed trial, as we are
    now witnessing with the Dasuki Case, and that will be attributed to,” Buhari
    having a strong belief in right and wrong” according to his Biographer, Prof. John

  • NinjaK

    Sooo DSS has started giving “bail” too ….ehn?
    kai! Next will be Civil Defense, Customs, & Road Safety!

    • Julius

      No, they were given bail by the court..another Judge. Got it ?

      • NinjaK

        oh, so a Court gave them bail? hmnn…. knowledgeable one….can you please enlighten me on who took them to that Court? And if you say it is SSS, then try show me the specific law extract that gives SSS prosecutorial powers. Thank you

        • igboham

          Nigerians are silly if you have not noticed.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      There’s something called administrative bail, or haven’t heard about police granting bail?Go back to school ,please

      • Taiwo

        Administrative bail – you mean in the police or sss?

        • Tunji Olarewaju

          And what’s the SSS?

      • NinjaK

        So abeg O knowledgeable One, who & where is the specific extract of the Law that grants a Specific Agency like SSS the latitude to grant bails – be it administrative, official, or historical?

  • time for a Military coup

    The only way out is for the army to overthrow the Satanic government of Bingo Buhari————————else we shall all be sent to his prisons in Niger Republic–Sadly the army is under the control of his Fulani brothers from Mali

    • john

      Sharrap with your DIRTY NAME. Making noise about coup from the safety of your refugee location in a toilet in europe.

    • Julius

      Fortunately, you are too much of a coward to lead the coup.

    • tunde008

      God will punish you for ever mentioning coup.Only family will the army overthrow

    • Kamalu

      Absolute Idiotic! Chicken brains!! Nonentity and Inconsequential animal!!!

    • Man_Enough

      only criminals need be afraid of being sent to prison.

    • Sword of Damocles

      January 15th 1966, i believe this might help you T-H-I-N-K more clearly, since you are self-evidently a certified DIMWIT

    • Gat

      If you had said this in the US, I bet you’ll be picked up by the FBI in 3 hrs. Stop fooling around Mr Man.

  • vagabonds in power

    (What surprises and saddens most of us till date are the ignoble roles of Nigeria’s leading civil society organisations (CSOs) and social egg-heads in setting the country’s democracy on fire leading to its present socio-political quandary (i.e. state of uncertainty) that has seemingly reached an intractable stage.

    The Nigeria’s mainstream CSOs of Southwest or Lagos extraction undeniably provided “the technical know-how” that brought a contraption called “the Buhari Administration” to the country. That contraption is best described as “demo-dictatorship” or dictatorship created through a ballot box. Dictatorship is not born but made!

    In other words, the makers of dictatorship afflicting Nigeria today are the mainstream CSOs under reference. The referenced mainstream CSOs got their hands soiled and conscience mortgaged unpardonably to the extent that many of them have frustratingly adopted conspiracy of silence under the Buhari’s demo-dictatorship while others choose to speak defensively in favour of Buhari’s dictatorial policies and actions through behind the scene or third parties or in the open.

    The rest have shamelessly come out boldly as “protagonists of dictatorship”. Attempts made of late by these conscienceless and shackled CSOs to regurgitate or reprobate have also failed and backfired on account of the fact that you cannot eat your cake and have it back. This is more so when their oilers know where and how to get them entrapped using EFCC and DSS, in the event they try to opt out of the inglorious and unholy agreement.)

    • Bee

      I totally agree with you. But all hopes are not lost for exactly that has brought up
      opinions of people who were before not really enthusiastic about Nigerian events.
      These opinions have really been impeccable and more reliable than the notorious
      voices we were used to before. On that note I commend all that make a little
      time out to put their comments up anywhere. Be it pro or contra, the effects
      are being felt believe me.

  • B. Messi

    The drama is over..the dust has settled.
    But the economy remains where buhari and APC left it before this distraction; IN SHAMBLES!
    Way to go clueless APC; release another poorly scripted movie to distract e-FOOLS!

  • Höly Wähala

    “Action was sequel to lack of cooperation by National Judicial Council. Such as refusal by the NJC to allow the affected persons to be questioned by the DSS. Investigation started some seven months ago, precisely in April 2016.” – DSS

    Good that the corrupt justices have experienced jail and loss of freedom even for one night, serves them right. That they are entrusted with upholding the law does not make them the law unto themselves, why did they refuse to appear and clear their names since April, 2016 when they were placed under the microscope? The systemic corruption with impunity in Nigeria needs radical actions like this to rattle folks who think the law is only meant for ordinary man alone. Again, the DSS is a law enforcement agency, if an ordinary citizen is allowed under the law to make, “citizen’s arrest”…I believe DSS are within their legitimate mandate in carrying out statutary duties under the law… Shikena!

    • FEMI A USA

      Brilliant, there is nothing wrong with element of surprises. You don’t tell criminal/s that you are coming, this is why people are cautious of law enforcement officers in advance countries because of skipping the town. Moreover, it keeps the DSS busy and they are earning their salaries. Judiciary is part of the rot in Nigeria and this agency is more popular than thieves in the 3 arms of the government. Keep it up friends and be 2 steps head of the criminals. The bad ones would not sleep closing their eyes now and they are not above the law.

  • DX Papa


    President Muhamadu Buhari,
    is administratively speaking, a joke. He orders that Ministry officials rush
    to court and charge Bukola Saraki. He gets applause for filing the case, then
    what? Nothing happens from the prosecution – absolutely nothing! Three months
    later, President Buhari ordered the counsel for the prosecution to withdraw the
    filed charges. Why that?

    The latest official explanation today, after all previous daft reasons
    were tendered and rejected by the public, is that the prosecution omitted
    or forgot to let the Police firstly interrogate Bukola Saraki so as to obtain a
    written statement to be attached to the charges, as required by Nigeria’s
    Administrative Justice Act.

    That’s an ad hoc way of doing things by rule of thumb. Others would call
    it sheer administrative incompetence coming from a president who appointed
    seven (7) lawyers – including jurisprudents and criminologists as Presidential
    Advisory Committee. The same blunder of thought may be playing out here again.

  • Man_Enough

    let the judges go to court if they feel abused. those crying more than the bereaved can now wipe their tears.

  • Maria Darego

    What a contradiction!!!!! How can you break down doors with guns drawn to arrest people, then release them on self recognition??? It means the people were not violent criminals or terrorists, and never posed any risk of violence to society!!! Maybe those that know everything can explain this one to us!

  • Political ninja

    The Dss arrested but investigation is ongoing? In corruption You investigate before arrest. So if it was about corruption why not the Efcc or the Special anti-fraud unit of the police, why the dss? This was just clear intimidation of the judiciary and nothing more. This is a signal to all that you better pass judgement for apc, edo election battle is coming, paving way for ondo also. Youths be here supporting this militocracy, reasoning like native doctors in their villages.

  • electionoffenders

    Let us encourage the fight against corrpution and bad leaders. know anyone elected through voter fraud? Vote him out @ www electionoffenders ng