Nige­rian judges probed as part of anti-graft drive

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

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.

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