One of the Supreme Court Justices whose house was raided by operatives of the Department of State Service, DSS, Justice John Inyang Okoro, has written to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed saying he did not receive any bribe from anybody and that the said amount of money recovered from his home was duly earned.
Inyang who, In a letter to the CJN dated 12 October, 2016 and titled, Inversion of my official Residence by Operatives of the Department of State Security Service, explained how he came about $38, 800 USD and N3.5 Million recovered from his house.
In the letter, Inyang also faulted the DSS for asking him questions about non-existent houses across the country as well as doubting the age of his children. He also said that out of the $38, 800 USD and N3.5 Million, the sum of $24, 000 USD and #10, 000 were his annual medical / vacation allowances for the past three years. He said that he did not spend more than N5, 000 on each of the three trips he has so far made abroad.
Inyang added that he was entitled to have more than the amount recovered from him by the DSS, saying the recovered money was the balance of his estacode received from the Supreme Court for the past three years.
This, according to him was different from the estcodes he received for international Conferences he has so far attended since joining the apex court.
“The DSS has not confronted me with any petition or complaint from any quarters whatsoever. Rather they have grilled me, asking questions on some none existing properties around the country. They have also doubted the age of my children alleging that they are toddlers. This is sad and unbelievable”, Inyang said.
Recall that operatives of DSS had raided the homes of Justices John Inyang Okoro, Adeniyi F.A. Ademola and Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta where they alleged that a breakdown of monies recovered from their residences included N93,558,000; $530,087; £25,970 and €5,680.
Below is the letter: