Yesterday, two more Judges report to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for interrogation on alleged corruption malpractices.
It was reported that Justice Agbadu James Fishim and Justice Uwani Abba Aji both Justices of the Federal High Court willingly submitted themselves at the Lagos zonal office of the EFCC at Awolowo Road, Ikoyi for interrogation following allegations of corruption leveled against them.
Eight Judges were claimed to have been involved in corrupt practises,So far, about five out of the eight judges have reported for interrogation by the EFCC. However, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court, is yet to honour its invitation.
“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) who were arraigned in March before the Lagos High Court on allegations of bribery and offering gratification to a public official.