Ben Agande, Abuja.
The Department of State Service, DSS Saturday said it recovered over N270 Million from the residences of three judges following its simultaneous raids on Friday night of the residences of over seven justices of the Supreme, Federal and high courts across the country.
A break down of the monies recovered from the residences of the unnamed three justices include N93,558,000; $530,087; £25,970 and €5,680.
Addressing a press conference at the DSS headquarters yesterday to explained why it carried out the raids, an official of the service, Mallam Garba Abdullahi said it was aimed at restoring “sanity and sanctity to the esteemed third arm of government”.
According to Mallam Garba, a planned raid on the residence of a judge in Rivers where the service, he said, had intelligence that he had $2million in cash at home was frustrated by Governor Nyesom Wike who brought in thugs to prevent the service from carrying out its mission in connivance with an unnamed sister security agency.
He explained that the operations were based on allegations of corruptions and other acts of professional misconduct by the suspected justices.
The DSS official further defended the action of the service saying it was in line with us core mandate, adding that the affected justice’s “expensive and luxurious” lifestyle was being monitored by the service for some time