The Department of State Services, DSS, has released seven senior judges arrested over the weekend.
The judges were released on bail Sunday night on personal recognition.
The seven judges were part of the 15 senior judges under investigation over alleged corruption.
They are: Inyang Okoro and Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court; Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja; Kabir Auta of the Kano High Court; Mu’azu Pindiga of the Gombe High Court, Mohammed Tsamiya of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin; and the Chief Judge of Enugu State Justice I. A. Umezulike.
“The judges reported on Monday at the DSS headquarters and they will be coming on Tuesday”, a DSS source told newsmen.
“Everything went very procedurally well and civil. They were released on bail on self recognizance based on the fact that given their standing in the society, they cannot run away.
“They were allowed access to their families and they are cooperating with us. We still respect them. They are not being treated like common criminals.
“They were instructed that they should come back on Tuesday by 10am. They did report for investigation this morning and they have gone back home. And the investigation continues as well as preparation to charge them to court”, he stated.
Th source added that the weekend raid was “sequel to lack of cooperation by National Judicial Council; such as refusal by the NJC to allow the affected persons to be questioned by the DSS.”
He said the investigation against the judges “started some seven months ago, precisely in April 2016.”