The seven senior judges arrested were still in custody and would be arraigned in court any moment, according to a DSS official.
Two Supreme Court justices, John Inyang Okoro and Sylvanus Ngwuta, were to have been arrested in connection with the receipt of bribes from Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
Justice Ngwuta reportedly travelled to Qatar to receive bribes that he shared with Justice Okoro and other justices in order to help Mr. Wike to win a case at the Supreme Court regarding his disputed election. During a search of his home Justice Ngwunta was in possession of N35,208m, $319,475, 25,890 pounds and 280 Euros, DSS told newsmen.
The two judges have been linked with massive properties development in Abuja and Calabar.
Here are few things you should know about Justice Inyang:
- John Inyang Okoro born July 7, 1959, a Nigerian jurist and Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
- His appointment as justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria was confirmed by the Senate on October 2013 and sworn in on November 15, 2014 by Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, the former Chief Justice of Nigeria.
- Prior to becoming a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, he was a Judge of the High Court of Akwa-Ibom State from 1998. He thereafter got elevated to the position of Justice of the Court of Appeal in 2006.
- Affirmed the Death Sentence placed on a Farmer and father of five, James Afolabi in Kogi state for murdering a Fulani man, Abubakar Mohammed.
- Dr. Alex Otti and Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu’s election matters in Abia state.
- Sahara Reporters had in February 2016 reported on How Senator Akpabio, Governor Emmanuel allegedly Procured Controversial Supreme Court Judgment from a broker, Justice Inyang Okoro validating the state’s governorship election.
- Controversial case of Ejike Oguebego and Hon Chuks Okoye (Chairman P.D.P Anambra State and Legal Adviser PDP Anambra State Chapter