Alleged corruption: Two more judges report to EFCC


TWO more judges yesterday reported to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for interrogation on alleged corrupt practices on the bench.

They are Justice Agbadu James Fishim and Justice Uwani Abba Aji of the Federal High Court.

But the anti-graft agency last night said another Federal High Court judge, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, was yet to honour its invitation.

With the latest development, the number of judges quizzed by the EFCC has risen to five out of the eight judges on its radar.

A source said: “Another set of two Federal High Court judges, Justice Agbadu James Fishim and Justice Uwani Abba Aji, responded to the invitation by the EFCC as they presented themselves before operatives at the Lagos zonal office, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi.

“Three other judges – Justices Mohammed Nasir Yunusa, Hyeladzira Ajiya Nganjiwa and Musa Haruna Kurya – had earlier reported to the commission on Monday and yesterday. Some of the judges, who were accompanied by their lawyers, have so far been cooperating with our operatives…

“Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, one of the invited judges, who was expected to show up at the commission yesterday, is yet to honour the invitation.”

The source added: “If any judge refuses to honour our summons, the EFCC will have no choice than to employ legal process to make him or her respect the law of the land.

“We have accorded all the judges who came to the EFCC a lot of respect in line with international best practices.”

Two of the five judges were alleged to have received over N2.75 million bribe from two senior lawyers – Rickey Tarfa (SAN) and Joseph Nwobike (SAN).

The EFCC, on March 9, arraigned Tarfa and Nwobike before the Lagos High Court on allegations of bribery and offering gratification to a public official.

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