SaharaReporters has obtained a full list of all the Nigerian judges
facing a nationwide clampdown by the Department of State Security (DSS).
list, which includes two of the Supreme Court Justices who have already
been arrested, includes three Justices of the Court of Appeal, seven
Federal High Court justices and four state High Court judges in Kano,
Gombe, and Kaduna states.
The document, which formed the basis
for the clampdown on the judges, contains a brief explanation as to why
the cleansing of the judiciary should commence with the listed judges.
“Pursuant to the current administration’s drive to fight corruption at
all levels, and following public revulsion at some section of the
judiciary on acts bordering on dishonesty, corruption, and abuse of
judicial process, a profile of some senior judicial officers alleged to
be involved in corrupt practices has been compiled”, the reported
prepared by the DSS stated.
The document explains in graphic
detail how Supreme Court justices were compromised during the election
petition ruling relating to Governor Nysom Wike of Rivers state.
only two judges of the Supreme Court have so far been arrested by the
DSS, the documents named a full panel of Supreme Court justices that sat
to decide the Rivers state election case.
The document stated
that the Supreme Court judgement which gave Governor Wike victory
against the Court of Appeal ruling which had reversed Governor Wike
election was delivered on January 27th, 2016 and the full judgement
further delivered on February 12th, 2016 by a panel that was led by the
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Muhammad Mahmud.
members named included Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta,
Kumai Byang Akaahs, Kudirat Motonmori Olatokumbo kekere-kun, John Inyang
Okoro and Amiru Sanusi. Justice Kekere-Ekun delivered a unanimous
decision validating Wike’s election.
The document reveals that
the CJN constituted the panel on the very day of the judgement in an
attempt to frustrate those waiting to induce members of the panel.
also reveals that despite the strategy adopted by the Chief Justice,
the panel received monetary inducement through Justice Mary Odili who,
although a member of the Court, was not on the panel.
Odili, according to the confidential report, became dramatic and
reportedly wept before her colleagues on the panel, saying that if Wike
were not returned as governor, she would prematurely become a widow as
her husband, Peter Odili is a former governor of the state, and Wike’s
godfather would have a heart attack.
Governor Wike has publicly
acknowledged the role of the Odilis in restoring his mandate as
governor. During a thanksgiving to mark his victory, he said that had
the election been nullified, he would not have re-contested, claiming he
was close having a heart attack as his blood pressure was rising.
report obtained by SaharaReporters does not say how much each of the
Supreme Court judges received. It does state that the same amount had
been offered to the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab
Bulkachuwa, who rejected it, saying she feared that all eyes would be on
Dr. Odili on Tuesday took out an N6billion lawsuit against
APC candidate Dakuku for his statement concerning Wike’s praise of his
role in getting him a favorable legal ruling.