Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla has said one of the judges recalled from suspension by the National Judicial Council received gratification worth N90m from 100 lawyers.
Obla in an interview with Punch, Obla said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will charge the judge for receiving gratification on Tuesday.
He said, “The judge will be charged. He was deliberately cleared by the NJC. But now, we have established a case of receiving gratification from 100 lawyers against him.
“The EFCC will file the charges against the judge and the lawyers by Monday or Tuesday.”
He added that “we are also going to bring disciplinary proceedings against those lawyers.”
The EFCC had charged Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court in Yenagoa with 14 counts of unlawful enrichment to the tune of $260,000 and N8,650,000, shortly after the NJC announced the recall of six judges.
The NJC in a statement had asked the suspended judges to resume work.
The judges were 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.
Others were Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court (who was prosecuted but discharged and acquitted), Justice Musa Kurya of the Federal High Court; and Justice Agbadu James Fishim of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.
While justifying the recall, the NJC said Federal Government had refused to prefer charges against them while some others have been discharged.