Why We Arrested High Ranking Judges – DSS

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, a statement presented to Social Times in Abuja by Abdullahi Garba of the Department of State Services said.

The statement reads:”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.

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.

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.

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.

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


1. NAIRA – N93,558,000.00

2. DOLLARS – $530,087

3. POUNDS – £25,970

4. EURO – €5,680

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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  • Frederick Christopher

    I am 100% sure this arrest is political. A governor is entitled to come out and defend the right of its citizens when he feels their lifes are been threatened and when he notice certain unlawful act that could lead to chaos in the state and loss of life and properties in the state.

  • chika bibian

    Hmm they should explain the source of the money

  • Mezzy Gilbert

    Politics don enter ds one

  • All those stashing money that belongs to Nigerians…will die miserably… Just imagine

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    Is never a new thing in this country, the amount of money Nigerian Judges make illegally is seriously alarming, the DSS should have after all these discoveries in their different homes name the judges for the masses to know and be aware of.

  • Olovo Obinna

    Allegations….that means EFCC are not even sure

  • WillieBravo

    I believe all Nigerians have lost hope in this lopsided fight against corruption.

    • Mezzy Gilbert

      Until sentiments attached to ds fight for corruption is removed,it wl remain futile

      • WillieBravo

        I concur.

  • WillieBravo

    Hmmmm! APC is a cancer, I just hope it’s not the terminal one that would destroy this country. I bet you there are so many other judges that would b living ostentatiously but they would choose to ignore them because they work for the APC, na only pro PDP judges una see.