8 judges, 2 registrars under investigation – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has debunked claims that the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had lost confidence in it.

In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the anti-graft agency said there was no friction between it and the office of the AGF stating that it is not involved in inter-agency squabbles with the DSS.

The statement said the commission was investigating eight judges and two court registrars following allegations of corruptions levelled against them.

“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 said those found culpable would be 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.”

Speaking on the judges being investigated Uwujaren, 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 investigations were not done shoddily.

“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.

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