The Department of State Services (DSS) Saturday shed more light on the reasons behind the raid on the homes of some judges across the country. In a press conference in Abuja the DSS's, Garba Abdullah, said it was due to corruption allegation levied against them.
“The action is in line with its core mandate, as we have been monitoring the expensive and luxurious lifestyle of some of the judges as well as complaints from the concerned public over judgment obtained fraudulently and on the basis amounts of money paid.
“The judges involved were invited, upon which due diligence was exhibited and their premises searched. The searches have uncovered huge raw cash of various denominations, local and foreign currencies, with real estate worth several millions of naira and documents affirming unholy acts by these judges.”
“In one of the states where the operations were conducted, credible intelligence revealed that the Judge had Two Million United States Dollars ($2,000,000 USD) stashed in his house.
|Pictures of a broken door of one of the judge's during the raid.|
“When he was approached for due search to be conducted, he in concert with the state governor, mobilised thugs against the Service team. The team restrained itself in the face of unbridled provocative activities by those brought in by the governor. Unfortunately, the judge and the governor also engaged the tacit support of a sister security agency.
“The Service surveillance team noticed that upon frustrating the operation, the judge with the active support of the governor craftily moved the money to an unknown location which the Service is currently making effort to unravel.”
Meanwhile, he said large amount including foreign/local currencies had been recovered. He gave the summaries of these to include: N93,558,000.00, $530,087, £25,970 and €5,680 (euro).
He said other foreign currencies were also recovered, but didn’t give details. The DSS also refused to answer questions from journalists and neither gave details of where the currency was recovered and from whom.
The DSS has come under attack for their Gestapo style abduction and raid on the judges.