Supreme Court Justices Okoro, Ngwuta Accused Of Corruption Step Down

Posted on October 31, 2016

 

MICHAEL AKINOLA

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L-R: Justice John Inyang Okoro and Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta

Two of Nigeria’s Supreme Court Justices, John Inyang Okoro and Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta, enmeshed in a corruption allegations have step down.

Reports monitored via online newspaper, PREMIUM TIMES stated that the two senior judges have stopped sitting.

The two judges, were among seven judges arrested by operatives of the Department of State Security, following allegations of corruption.

In a telephone chat with the online medium, Ahuraka Isah, spokesperson of Nigeria’s Supreme Court, who speaks for the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, said the Supreme Court judges suspended sittings since the raid on their homes and their subsequent arrest.

“None of the judges whose houses were raided and arrested by the SSS have been suspended by the NJC,” the spokesperson said. “But the two affected Supreme Court justices voluntarily recused themselves from all judicial functions since the raid occurred.”

Seven judges were on 7 October arrested by the SSS following allegations of corruption.

While the affected judges have denied any wrongdoing, claiming victimisation for previous stands they took against public officials, the SSS said their arrest followed credible information about the judges’ alleged involvement in bribery and corruption allegations.

The SSS also accused the National Judicial Council of not judiciously treating petitions against corrupt judges. The NJC denied the allegation by the SSS.

Various groups have given divergent opinions about the raids and arrest of the judges. While some have commended the arrests, others have accused the executive of interfering with the judiciary by the arrests.

However, the President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Abubakar Mahmoud, had advised that the accused judges be suspended pending when they are cleared or convicted.

The NJC rejected Mr. Mahmoud’s advice.

2 responses to “Supreme Court Justices Okoro, Ngwuta Accused Of Corruption Step Down”

  1. Bobby says:

    While the bucket licks these judges uses soap to mend the licks instead of proper tools to stop the drips.

  2. Bobby says:

    Nigeria has lots of big problems,you can imagine how these judges were adding more to our problems, actually, left to me, they need to be executed just like they do in China.These judges, I bet you after cases usually go to their residence unruffled with lots of money in the bank as masses keeps on suffering from injustices. All their properties should be confiscated so they can feel what they have done to Nigerians for many decades while on the bench,children of perdition. Anything contrary to my suggestions will be our going back to our throw ups.

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