- The federal government is not relenting on its case against some high court judges
- One of the judges will be charged this week with offences bordering on receiving gratification from lawyers
- This was disclosed by the special assistant to the president on prosecution, Mr Okoi Obono-Obla
The special assistant to the president on prosecution, Mr Okoi Obono-Obla has revealed the next step the federal government will take concerning the judges earlier dragged to court for alleged corruption.
In an interview with The Punch, Obono-Obla revealed that one of the judges recently recalled from suspension by the National Judicial Council will be charged this week with offences bordering on receiving gratification from lawyers.
Obono-Obla alleged that the judge was found to have received gratification worth N90m from 100 lawyers.
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According to him, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) would likely file charges against the judge and the lawyers by Tuesday, June 20.
The judge will be the second among the recalled judges, to be charged after the NJC lifted their about-eight-month suspension.
The presidential aide was however silent on the identity of the judge.
He however stated that the NJC deliberately cleared the judge to resume work despite cases of receiving gratification from lawyers pending against the judicial officer.
His words: “The judge will be charged. He was deliberately cleared by the NJC. But now, we have established a case of receiving gratification from 100 lawyers against him.
“The EFCC will file the charges against the judge and the lawyers by Monday or Tuesday. We are also going to bring disciplinary proceedings against those lawyers.”
In justifying the recall of the judges, the NJC had said there was no pending and valid suits against the judges to justify their continued suspension.
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