These are the Judges currently under investigation by the Nigerian government on allegations of bribery and corruption. Their names were gotten from a confidential Memo sent to the president by officials of the DSS (Department of state security services).
They are ;
- Justices Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta.
- John Inyang Okoro of the Supreme Court.
- Justice Muhammad Ladan Tsamiya of the Court of Appeal,Ilorin Division.
- Justice Uwani Abba-Aji of the Court of Appeal.
- Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court,
- Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal high Court.
- Justice Kabir Auta of the Kano State High Court.
- Justice Munir Ladan of the Kaduna State High Court.
- Justice Bashir Sukola of the Kaduna State High Court.
- Justice Mu’azu Pindiga of Gombe State High Court.
- Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, the current President of the Court of Appeal.
- Justice Ibrahim Auta, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.
- Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Federal High Court.
- Justice Nnamdi Dimgba.
- Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court.
- Justices I. A. Umezulike
- Justice Ibrahim Buba
- Justice Rita Ajumogobia.
Justice Kabiru Auta collected bribes from a businessman named “Alhaji Kabiru SKY.” The bribe scandal led the National Judicial Council (NJC) to suspend the judge.
Justice Chikere was accused of receiving cash for a pre-election matter that came before her. Justice Chikere is married to Kenneth Anayo Chikere, a chieftain the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State and a former member of the House of Representatives.
Justice Yunusa faces several allegations of corruption. The memo cited evidence that he took N5 million bribe from a senior lawyer, Rickey Tarfa.
Justice Abdul Kafarati has a litany of corruption allegations against him, even though he is due to become the new Chief Judge of the Federal High Court. He recently granted a N26 billion verdict in favor of Capital Oil CEO, Ifeanyi Uba, against the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).Justice Kafarati has a favorite lawyer, Prince Ajibola Oluyede, who funnels bribes to him to grant illegal orders and pay-to-play judgments.
Justice Pindiga of the Gombe State High Court was thrust into national prominence on account of his involvement in the Rivers State election petition fraud. He reportedly received N100 million from Governor Nyeson Wike of Rivers State to influence a tribunal ruling in the governor’s favor.
Justices Munir Ladan and Bashir Suokla of the Kaduna High Court were recommended for arrest and prosecution based on several petitions alleging that they receive bribes in exchange for verdicts.
Some of the most extensive allegations in the memo pertain to Justice Adeniyi Ademola. In one instance, the judge allegedly accepted a $200k bribe to discharge a garnishee order against the Delta State House of Assembly. He was also accused of using his position as a judge to get his wife appointed to the position of Head of Service in Lagos State because of shady dealings with Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Justice Ademola was arrested last weekend and allegedly found to be in possession of $550k, part of which he reportedly claimed belonged to Justice Auta.
Justice Ibrahim Auta of the Federal High Court faces several allegations of misconduct. The accusations against him include accepting bribes in order to assign “lucrative” cases to certain corruption judges.
Justice Tsamiya of the Court of Appeal is accused of demanding N200 million from an interested party in a case before his court.
Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, president of the Court of Appeal is described as incurably corrupt and stupendously wealthy. she is accused of engaging in bribery and taking kickbacks from judges to which she assigned “lucrative” cases.
Justice Abba Aji reportedly received N8 million from Mr. Tarfa.
Justice Bulkachuwa is alleged to have taken bribes from former Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom and Governor Patrick Okowa of Delta State in order to facilitate favorable judgment in election petitions.
The two justices of the Supreme Court, Ngwuta and Okoro, allegedly received significant bribes from Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State. Security agents allege that Mr. Wike gave the two judges N5 billion to ensure that other Supreme Court justices ruled in the governor’s favor in a final election petition at the Supreme Court.