The Nigerian government on Thursday charged three Supreme Court officials with a N2.2 billion fraud.
The three senior officials, Ahmed Gambo Saleh, Muhammed Sharif and Rilwanu Lawal, are accused of diverting N2.2 billion, belonging to the apex court into a personal bank account between 2009 and 2016.
The charges were contained in a court document filed yesterday by Principal State Counsel, Hajara H. Yusuf on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with case No. CR/13/16.
The charges, filed on November 3, also contain allegations of bribe amounting to tens of millions of naira.
The charges reads: That you “Ahmed Gambo Saleh ‘M’, Muhammed Abdulrahman Sharif ‘M’, and Rilwanu Lawal ‘M’ all of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, between 2009 and 2016, did agree to do an illegal act to wit: diverted N2.2 billion belonging to the Supreme Court of Nigeria into personal accounts domiciled at United Bank for Africa PLC a/c no: 2027642863, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 96 of the Penal Code Act and punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 LFN (Abuja) 2004.”
Count Nine says they took also N21 million bribe money from MBR computers limited, between 2009 to 2016.
Some of the charges suggest the bribes could have been received to influence the award of contracts at the top court.
No date has been assigned for the case yet.
The National Judicial Council (NJC) had yesterday stated that it will ensure that judicial officers being investigated for alleged criminal offences do not perform judicial functions until their cases are concluded.
This effectively puts the affected officers under suspension.