Lately, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the recent clampdown on judges of the Nigerian judiciary.
Many schools of thought have arisen on the topic and are lending their voices.
In view of the foregoing, plethora of allegations are even yet to surface.
News reports states that, on Tuesday the 11th of October, 2016, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami did forward six fresh cases of alleged corruption of judges to the Department of State Services (DSS) for investigations, making a total of 21 judges under investigation.
It has been reported that, this stretch in the powers of the DSS onto an independent arm of government is as a result of the adamancy of the National Judicial Council (NJC) to carry out its duties accordingly.
We learned from reports that, these six fresh cases are allegations that have been forwarded to and abandoned by the NJC, without recourse to the petitioners; with some of the petitions dating back to as far as 2014.
The petitions forwarded are said to be written against two Chief Judges of High Courts, three judges of different divisions of the Federal High Court, and a justice of the Court of Appeal.
The Chairman of Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju, has confirmed sending petitions containing allegations of bribery in the sums of N500,000, N7M and N5M respectively, against judges through the AGF to the DSS for investigations and he awaits a response.
Written by Okolo Ezinne