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DSS Raid: Arrested Judges Might Be Spending 58 Years In Jail

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The Division of State Administrations have documented charges against three of the captured judges. Judges Inyang Okoro, Adeniyi Ademola and Sylvester Ngwuta for affirmed degenerate practices. The charges against the judges verges on government evasion and unlawful ownership of guns. Legitimate specialists have likewise said that the judges would spend no less that 58 years in prison if sentenced every one of the charges. A portion of the judges whose homes were purportedly attacked by the DSS.

The Division of State Administrations have in a quick move recorded charges against three of the captured judges. Judges Inyang Okoro, Adeniyi Ademola and Sylvester Ngwuta for charged degenerate practices. The charges against the judges verges on government evasion for Ngwuta and Okoro while Ademola will confront charges on both IRS evasion and unlawful ownership of guns, Vanguard reports. The judges who were captured on October 7, amid a DSS assault, were blamed for getting money related prizes for impacts judgments for the general population who paid the fixes. It was likewise assembled that taking after the few charges against them, the judges may be hazard spending at least 58 years in jail if sentenced the wrongdoings leveled against them.

Also, the staff of the Federal High Court said the filing of the cases is an indication of a legal battle that will reshape and change the Nigerian judiciary. The judges are being charged in pursuant to Sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015. Below are the charges against the judges: Justice Ademola (four charges)

Count one. Statement of offence Money laundering, contrary to section 16 (1) (d) of Money Laundering Act 2011 (as amended) and punishable under section 16 (2) (B) of the same Act.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE: “That you Adeniyi Francis Adetokunbo Ademola ‘M, 63 years, of No 32, Samuel Ogbemudia Crescent, Apo Zone E, Abuja on or about the 7th day of October, 2016 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court had in your possession, cash in the sum of Fifty Four Million Naira (N54, 000, 000.00) exceeding the amount authorized under the law and you, thereby, committed an offence contrary to Section 16 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering Act 2011 (as amended). READ ALSO: Buhari will never deviate from his principles, Presidency assures Nigerians Count two — Statement of offence Money laundering, contrary to Section 16 (1) (d) of Money Laundering Act 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 16(2) (b) of the same Act.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE: “That you Adeniyi Francis Adetokunbo Ademola ‘M’, 63 years, of No 32, Samuel Ogbemudia Crescent, Apo Zone E, Abuja on or about the 7th day of October, 2016 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court had in your possession the sum of One Hundred and Twenty-One thousand, Two hundred and seventy nine United States of American Dollars ($121,279) exceeding the amount authorized under the law and you, thereby, committed an offence contrary to Section 16 (1) (d) of Money Laundering Act, 2011 (as amended). Count three- statement of offence Illegal possession of firearms contrary to Section 4 of Fire Arms Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 27 (1) (b) (I) of the same Act

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE: “That you Adeniyi Francis Adetokunbo Ademola ‘M, 63 years of No 32, Samuel Ogbemudia Crescent, Apo Zone E, Abuja on or about the 7th day of October, 2016 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court had in your possession two Pump Action rifles without Licence and with serial numbers: AVAR MAGNUM 6084 and AVAR MAGNUM 6284 respectively and, thereby, committed an offence contrary to Section 4 of the Fire Arms Act, Cap F28 LFN 2004 and punishable under Section 27 (1) (b) (H) of the same Act. Count four- statement of offence, Illegal possession of Ammunition contrary to section 8 of the Fire Arms Act, 2004 and punishable under section 27 (1) (b) (i) of the same Act.

Experts said Ademola could be jailed for up to one year on each count of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, if convicted. He can also spend seven years each on the two counts of money laundering, giving a total of 16 years on all charges. Meanwhile, Okoro, who has been slammed with three-count charges risk spending 21 years in jail, if convicted. Okoro is accused of receiving $20,000 from a former governor; N18,589,330 from a businessman, and keeping the sum of $38,833.00 cash at home as at the night of October 7, 2016 when the DSS stormed his Abuja residence in search of the proceeds of crime. The charges against him are: Count one: Statement of offence Receiving gratification, contrary to Section 8 (1) of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission Act, 2011 and punishable under the same section

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE: “That you John Inyang Okoro ‘Male, 57, of Lord Lugard Street, Area 11 Garki, Abuja, between the 7th August, 2014 and 16th July, 2015, corruptly received from a businessman (names withheld), through your personal bank account number 2000237945 domiciled at First Bank PLC, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, the sum of Eighteen Million, Five Hundred And Eighty-Nine thousand Three Hundred And Thirty Naira (NGN 18,589,330.00) in the discharge of your official duties as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, in contravention of, and punishable under Section 8 (1) of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission Act, 2011.

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Count two: statement of offence Money laundering, contrary to Section 16 (1) (d) of Money Laundering Act 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 16(2) (b) of the same Act PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE: “That you, John lnyang Okoro, adult, male, 57 years of age, on or about the 8th day of October, 2016 at 31, Lord Luguard Street, Area 11 Garki, Abula, FCT within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did have in your possession in cash, without going through a financial institution, the sum of Thirty-Eight Thousand, Eight Hundred and Thirty Three US Dollars ($38,833.00) in cash, denominated in One Hundred US Dollar ($100) bills, exceeding the amount authorized under the law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 16 (1) (D) of the Money Laundering Act 2011, and punishable under Section 16(2)(bH3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011. Count three: Statement of offence Receiving gratification, contrary to section 8 (1) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission Act, 2000.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE: “That you, John lnyang Okoro, adult, male, 57 years of age, between the 1st day of January and the 31st day of December 2011, corruptly received from a former governor (names withheld), through your personal bank account numbered 2025921238 domiciled at First Bank PLC, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, the sum of Twenty Thousand US Dollars ($20,000.00) in the discharge of your official duties as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, in contravention of, and punishable under Section 8 (1) of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission Act, 2011.” Also Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, the second Supreme Court judge arrested may serve 21 years jail term if convicted of all the money laundering charges against him.

The charges against him reads: Count one: Statement of offence Money laundering, contrary to Section 16 (1) (D) of the Money Laundering Act 2011, and punishable under Section 16(2)(b)(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE: “That you, Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta, adult male, 65 years of age, on or about the 8th day of October, 2016 at the 3 Arms Zone, Abuja, FCT,within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did have in your possession in cash, without going through a financial institution, the sum of Thirty-Five Million, Two Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira (NGN35,208,000.00) denominated in One Thousand Naira (NGN 1000) bills, exceeding the amount authorized under the law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 16(1) (0) of the Money Laundering Act 2012.

Count two: Statement of offence Money laundering, contrary to Section 16 (1) (D) of the Money Laundering Act 2011, and punishable under Section 16(2)(b)(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE: “That you, Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta, adult, male, 65 years of age of Yellow House No. 2, Three Arms Zone, Central Area, Abuja on or about the 8th day of October, 2016 at the Yellow House No:2, Three Arms Zone, Central Area, Abuja, FCT, 3 Arms Zone, Abuja, FCT, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did have in your possession in cash, without going through a financial institution, the sum of Three Hundred and Nineteen Thousand, Five Hundred and Ninety- Six Dollars ($319,596) denominated in One Hundred US Dollar ($100) bills, exceeding the amount authorized under the law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 16 (1) (D) of the Money Laundering Act 2011, and punishable under Section 16(2)(b)(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011.

Count three: Statement of offence Money Laundering, contrary to Section 16 (1) (D) of the Money Laundering Act 2011, and punishable under Section 16(2 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE: “That you, Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta, adult, male, 65 years of age, on or about the 8th day of October, 2016 at the Yellow House No:2, Three Arms Zone, Central Area, Abuja, FCT, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did have in your possession in cash, without going through a financial institution, the sum of Twenty-Five Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety Pounds Sterling (GBP25,890) denominated in Fifty Pounds Sterling (GBP50) bills, exceeding the amount authorized under the law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 16(1) (D) of the Money Laundering Act 2011.”


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