Six judges whose homes were raided by the Department of State Security (DSS) and arrested last year over corruption allegation, have been asked to return to the courtroom.
The National Judicial Council asked the six judges who were suspended last October to return to work next Wednesday since the Federal Government failed to prove the corruption allegations it levelled against them.
The judges who were recalled are Justice Inyang Okoro of the Supreme Court; Justice Uwani Abba Aji of the Court of Appeal; and Justice Hydiazira Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court.
The rest are Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, (who was discharged and acquitted of the charges levelled against him), Justice Musa Kurya of the Federal High Court; and Justice Agbadu James Fishim of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.
Disclosing this in a statement on Saturday, the NJC said that it had during its meeting on June 1, 2017, ordered the judges to resume duties since the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), failed to charge five of the six judges with any offence as he indicated to the council about eight months ago.
The statement released and signed by the NJC’s director of information, Mr. Soji Oye, cleared that Justice Ademola was asked to
return because he has been charged and prosecuted but was discharged and acquitted by the trial court.
The NJC said that of the eight judges the Federal Government said it was going to prosecute for corruption, only three of them were charged.
The three were Ademola who had been freed of any wrongdoing, Justice
Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court and Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia who are still undergoing trial.