The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has said that eight judges and two court registrars are being investigated following allegations of corruptions levelled against them.
The EFCC stated this in reaction to the allegation suggesting that the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had lost confidence in the EFCC.
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, it said there is no friction with the office of the AGF and that the commission is not involved in inter-agency squabbles with the DSS.
“Indeed, the commission, along with the DSS, ICPC, Police and the office of the AGF, is a member of a technical committee that meets at the highest level of government to collaborate and coordinate strategies against corruption,” he noted.
He further said that investigations were proceeding well in the fresh and unrelated probe and that the judges found culpable would soon be arrested and charged to court.
According to Uwujaren, “Some of the suspects who have been invited have made useful statements that have been of great assistance to the investigations.
“In due course, those who have cases to answer would be arrested and charged to court.”
On the judges been investigated, the EFCC, who did not give their names, said, “Of the seven judges who are subject of the SSS raids, only one of them previously featured in a petition on alleged corruption to the EFCC.”
“Investigation into the petitions against the judges, had reached advanced stage when one of the judges got a Federal High Court order to stop further probe by the commission. EFCC is still trying to vacate that order for the investigation to proceed unfettered.”
The statement also explained that Nigerians deserve to know that the nature of professional investigation of financial crimes is highly discrete and not given to theatre.
“The subject usually does not know the commission is amassing evidences against him or her for several months before the strike. Therefore, the notion that a petition is submitted today and the next things that follow are instant arrests, prosecution and convictions is highly misleading,” it stated.