ABUJA, OCTOBER 12, 2016 – The National Judicial Council (NJC) will today decide its next line of action over the arrest of seven judges by the Department of State Services (DSS) in connection with alleged corruption, an authoritative source told New Telegraph last night. The council had conveyed an emergency meeting over the arrest of about seven judges by the DSS.
Also, part of its agenda is to decide who the next Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) will be. However, indications from the meeting yesterday showed that members are already united on the choice of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria. The DSS had, at the weekend, raided the apartments and consequently arrested seven judges over alleged corruption.
The seven judges arrested by the DSS are Justices Inyang Okoro and Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court; Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja; Kabir Auta of the Kano High Court; Muazu Pindiga of the Gombe High Court, Mohammed Tsamiya of the Court of Appeal in Ilorin and the Chief Judge of Enugu State, I. A. Umezulike. T hough the DSS had released all the arrested judges on bail, they were requested to report every day to its headquarters in Abuja.
The secret service had, however, said that the judges will be arraigned in court. Before the arrest of the judges, the council had fixed its emergency meeting for yesterday to discuss and conclude on its choice of the next CJN.