Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) allegedly found a Rolls Royce in the 15-car fleet of one of the seven judges under investigation by the agency.
It is reported that the judge also hired a notable construction firm to build his mansion and also imported furniture from Brazil, Argentina and Spain.
The report further revealed that another judge told the DSS that he had no idea how N18 million was paid into his account and he did not get alert to enable him complain to his bankers. Another one of the judges said the money found in his account was his accumulated medical allowances while one judge was found to have submitted three assets declaration forms to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
The asset forms of all seven judges, who were arrested last weekend in a controversial sting operation, were being analysed by the DSS yesterday.
The Judges arrested are: Justices Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro – the suspended Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya, who was picked up in Sokoto; Justice Adeniyi Ademola (Federal High Court); the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice I. A. Umezulike; Justice Kabiru Auta of Kano State High Court; and Justice Muazu Pindiga (Gombe State High Court).
Of the seven Justices, Tsamiya, Umezulike and Auta have been recommended for sanctions by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
The source who asked to not be named said: “Operatives have discovered that one of the judges owns a mansion which was contracted to a construction firm at a huge cost. In fact, the judge imported furniture from Brazil, Argentina and Spain.
“At a stage, he conducted his ‘poor colleagues’ round the mansion in an open display of affluence. The judge has about 15 cars, including a Rolls Royce. This Rolls Royce was imported.
”During interrogation, another judge told DSS team that he did not know how and when N18million was lodged in his account because he was not getting alert from his bank. But we have evidence of withdrawals from the account.”
A source has disclosed that the judges who were arrested by the DSS may be compulsorily retired.