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DSS recovers N93.5m,$530,087 from 3 arrested judges

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In an apparent bid to douse the outrage that greeted its midnight arrest of two Supreme Court Justices and three other judges, the Department of State Security (DSS) yesterday said the sting operations yielded a mind-boggling N93, 558,000.00, $530,087, £25,970, €5,680, from three of those in its custody.
It gave no names, but The Nation was able to get their identities and a breakdown of what was found on them.
Those under arrest  are Justices Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro both of the Supreme Court , the suspended Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya , Justice Kabiru Auta of Kano State High Court and Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Justice Tsamiya had earlier been recommended by the National Judicial Commission (NJC) for retirement for meeting a litigant thrice and demanding N200million bribe.
The commission also recommended the sack of Justice Auta for receiving N125million from a litigant through an account approved by him and recommended that he be handed over to the police for prosecution.
Briefing reporters at the DSS headquarters in Abuja yesterday, spokesman for the organisation, Mr. Abdullahi Garba said attempt to recover another  $2million cash from an unnamed    judge was thwarted by the governor of the state.
Garba alleged that the governor mobilized thugs and operatives of an unspecified ‘sister agency’ against DSS operatives and craftily relocated the $2 million.
He said in part

“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 and summaries of these include:
NAIRA –      N93, 558,000.00
DOLLARS –      $530,087
POUNDS –      £25,970
EURO –      €5,680
“Other foreign currencies were also recovered; the above were recovered from just three of the judges.
“These in addition to other banking documents, including real estate documents have been recovered.”
According to the DSS, the new initiative  to cleanse the  judiciary of corrupt elements will  be sustained while those found culpable  will  be prosecuted.
The DSS spokesman dismissed  speculations that  the operation was aimed at stopping  Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen of the Supreme Court  from succeeding  Chief Justice Mahmud Mohammed who is due to retire next month.
He said the operation did not affect Onnoghen at all and he is not under any investigation whatsoever.
“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,” Garba said.
“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.
“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,” Garba said.

However, further investigation by The Nation showed that the service had actually traced N1.5billion to one of the arrested Supreme Court justices.
The DSS had also submitted a confessional tape and a security brief on Justice Pindiga’s alleged involvement in a N500m deal to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed.
The NJC was said to have cleared him of any wrongdoing.
A highly placed source said the sting operation was informed by alleged low response of the Judiciary to reported cases against some of the judges.
The source said:

“We have all the records intact. In the residence of one of the Supreme Court justices, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, about N35, 208,000 raw cash $319,475 and other hard currencies were found during the operation.
“The second, Justice Inyang Okoro had N4,350,000 cash and about $38,833.
“We have been able to trace about N1.5billion mansion to one of the arrested judges of the apex court.
“All the affected judges will be arraigned in court on Monday (tomorrow) with evidence against them.”

Responding to a question, the source added:

 “In the case of Justice Pindiga, we have been conducting investigation on him in respect of alleged N500million inducement and two houses in Abuja.
“When confronted, he admitted and the confessional tape was forwarded to the CJN for consideration by the NJC.
“But interestingly, the NJC gave him a clean bill of health. No government will sit idly and allow such a judge to remain on the bench.
“We adopted due diligence in investigating these judges. Nigerians will hear more when their trial begins.”

Found at the residence of Justice Ademola, according to sources were: N54million,$171, 779.00,£80.00, 1,010.00 Indian Rupees and €4,400.00.
At the residence of  Justice Ngwuta the following currencies were allegedly found: N35,208,000,$319,475,£25,890,€280,UAE 380,GAMBIA DALASI 420,ARGENTINE PESO 4, and GHANA CEDIS 20,while the followings were allegedly  found in Justice  Okoro’s:N4, 350,000,$38, 833,£25,890 and €1,000.00.
Justice Ngwuta was later released late last night.
SUMMARY OF MONEY RECOVERED FROM SOME JUSTICES
ADENIYI F.A. ADEMOLA
NAIRA——–N54million
DOLLARS——$171, 779.00
POUNDS—-£80.00
RUPEES—- 1,010.00
EURO—-€4,400.00
NWALI SYLVESTER NGWUTA
NAIRA——–N35, 208,000
DOLLARS——$319,475
POUNDS—-£25,890
EURO—-€280
UAE—-380
GAMBIA DALAIS—-420
ARGENTINE NOTES—4
GHANA CEDIS—-20
JOHN INYANG OKORO
NAIRA——–N4, 350,000
DOLLARS——$38, 833
POUNDS—-£25,890
EURO—-€1,000.00
SUMMARY OF RECOVERED MONEY
DOLLARS—$530,087
POUNDS—-£25,970
EURO—€5,680
NAIRA—N93, 558, 000.00
RUPEES—-1,010
UAE—380
GAMBIA DALLALIS—430
ARGENTINE NOTES—-4
GHANA CEDIS—-20

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A Zimbabwean church leader, Nyasha Light Nyatsungo is enmeshed in a sex scandal and might also be facing legal action, after his ex-girlfriend flooded social media with his nude photo.
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