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Nigeria ‘corrupt’ judges arrested, US$800 000 in cash seized

Nigeria, Africa’s second-largest economy, is one of the continent’s most corrupt countries, according to Transparency International corruption indexes published annually.

The country is so corrupt to the extent that several members of the judiciary have sold their souls to the devil by allegedly engaging in corrupt practices and all sorts of professional misconduct in the aim of enriching themselves.

And between Friday night and Saturday morning, 7-8 October 2016, seven judges were busted by agents of the State Security Services (SSS), who seized documents and cash to the value of over $800 000 in local and foreign currency, news agencies and local media reports said.

Preimum Times.com reported on Sunday that eight more judges are being investigaated for corruption and are expected to be arrested anytime soon.

The SSS said it launched the operation on the basis of allegations of corruption and professional misconduct by a number of judges.

Punchng.com reported that the special police’s action was a follow up of an outcome of special sting operation involving some judges of the Supreme, Appeal and High Courts.

“The judges involved were invited, upon which due diligence was exhibited and their premises searched,” SSS spokesperson Abdullahi Garba was quoted by Punchng as saying.

“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.”

A SSS source told AFP that about four or five judges arrested were at its headquarters busy writing statements.

President Muhammadu Buhari, a former army general and dictator, has vowed to stamp out corruption, bad governance and lavish spending, three out of a myriad of social ills plaguing Nigeria’s society.

Nigeria is Africa’s second-biggest oil producer but massive corruption, lack of accountability, nepotism and bad governance have pushed the majority of Nigerians into extreme poverty and underdevelopment.

Photo: The Guardian Nigeria

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