At least eight more senior judges in Nigeria are being investigated for corruption and may be arrested anytime from now.
The eight are part of 15 judges that are being investigated by the State Security Service for alleged corrupt practices.
Already, seven judges were arrested between Friday night and Saturday morning in raids that have been condemned by lawyers and Nigerian rights groups.
The seven judges arrested and currently in detention at the SSS office are Justice 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.
Messrs Umezulike, Auta, and Tsamiya had earlier been recommended for sack by the National Judicial Council for alleged corrupt activities.
The seven arrested judges were still at the SSS office on Sunday evening.
A source at the headquarters of the security service also confirmed that the judges were allowed to see their families and have made relevant statements to the security agency.
Although the identity of the eight others being investigated is not yet clear, at least one of them is a member of the Supreme Court, a source said.