Nigerian judges probed as part of anti-graft drive
Raids targeting senior Nigerian judges carried out by the country’s security agency are part of an anti-corruption drive and were not an attack on the judiciary, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari has said.
The Department of State Services on Saturday said it seized $800,000 in cash found during raids on the judges’ premises that were conducted in the last few days.
It said the judges were from the supreme, appeal and high courts.
Buhari, a former military ruler, returned to power last year after winning an election largely fought on his promise to crack down on corruption.
Since taking office he has vowed to recover “mind-boggling” sums of money stolen from public coffers.
But his critics have accused him of mounting a witch-hunt against political opponents.
His spokesman, Garba Shehu, said Buhari respects the judiciary and did not seek to undermine its independence.
He said the DSS assured the President the relevant search and arrest warrants had been obtained.