Barely a week after their recall by the National Judicial Council, NJC, two of the six judges accused of corrupt enrichment in the course of their duties, were Thursday slammed with charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  before a Lagos State High Court.

The judges are Justice Hyeladzira  Nganjiwa and Justice Mohammed Yunusa, who were among those recalled by the NJC.

The charges filed against them borders on perverting justice, breach of public trust and money laundering, among others.

While the EFCC filed a four-count charge against Justice Yunusa, Justice Nganjiwa is to face a 14-count charge file against him by the anti-graft agency.

The EFCC added that it has assembled 33 witnesses in the prosecution of the two judges.

The charges against Justice Mohammad Yunusa Nasir, reads “Attempting to pervert the course of justice contrary “to section 97(3) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State No.11, 2011.”

According to details of the charge, Justice Mohammed was said to have between February and September, 2015 within the jurisdiction of the court being a public official to wit:, attempted to pervert the course of justice by engaging in constant private and confidential telephone communications with Rickey Tarfa, SAN, counsel to the applicants in:(i)  Suit No. FHC/L/CS/714/2015 between Mr. Adewale Adeniyi v EFCC & 2 Others, (ii) Suit No. FHC/L/CS/715/2015 between Rena Prestige Industries Ltd & Anor. v EFCC & 2 Others,(iii)Suit No. FHC/L/CS/716/2015 between Hair Prestige Manufacturing Nigeria Ltd & 3 Others v EFCC & 2 Others during the period you presided over the said suits as a Judge of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi.

Count 2 reads, “Corruption by public official contrary to section 63(l}{b)(ii) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State No.11, 2011.”

Particulars of offence: That Justice Yunusa on or about May 14, 2015, within the jurisdiction of the court being a public official to wit: a Judge of the Federal High Court agreed to receive the sum of N 1.5million,  paid into your UBA Pic Account No. 1005055617 by Esther Agbo, staff of the firm of Rickey Tarfa & Co. in order to afterwards give decisions in favour of the chambers of Rickey Tarfa & Co. in cases handled by the said chambers before you as a Judge of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi.”

Some of the charges against Justice Nganjiwa read, “That you, Justice Nganjiwa between  January 18 and December 16, 2013, in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court, being a Judge of the Federal High Court enriched yourself with an aggregate sum of $ 144,000  through your account No.  328/446178/2/1/0 domiciled in Guaranty Trust Bank Plc so as to have a significant increase in your assets that you cannot reasonably explain the increase in relation to your lawful income.”

*That you, Justice Nganjiwa on or about March 27, 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court, being a Judge of the Federal High Court enriched yourself with the sum of $ 10,000 through your account No. 328/446178/2/1/0 domiciled in Guaranty Trust Bank Pic so as to have a significant increase in your assets that you cannot reasonably explain the increase in relation to your lawful income.

*Unlawful enrichment by public official contrary to section 82 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No. 11, 2011. That you, Justice Nganjiwa on or about April 30, 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court, being a Judge of the Federal High Court enriched yourself with the sum of $ 4,000.00  through your account No. 328/446178/2/1/0 domiciled in Guaranty Trust Bank Pic so as to have a significant increase in your assets that you cannot reasonably explain the increase in relation to your lawful income.

*Unlawful enrichment by public official contrary to section 82 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No.l1, 2011.

That you, Justice Nganjiwa on  April 10, 2 014 and September 16, 2014 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court, being a Judge of the Federal High Court enriched yourself with the total sum of N750,000 through your corporate   account,  Awa-Ajia  Nig.  Ltd No.0000971331 domiciled in Access Bank Pic so as to have a significant increase in your assets that you cannot reasonably explain the increase in relation to your lawful Income.

*Unlawful enrichment by public official contrary to section 82 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No. 11, 2011. That you, Justice Nganjiwa or about September 28, 14 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court, being a Judge of the Federal High Court enriched yourself with the sum of N300, 000 through your corporate account, Awa-Ajia Nig. Ltd No. 0000971331 domiciled in Access Bank Pic so as to have a significant increase in your assets that you cannot reasonably explain the increase in relation to your lawful income.

*Unlawful enrichment by public official contrary to section 82 (a of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No.l1, 2011.That you, Justice Nganjiwa on or about November 8, 2013 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court, being a Judge of the Federal High Court enriched yourself with the total sum of N5m through your corporate account, Awa-Ajia Nig. Ltd No. 0000971331 domiciled in Access Bank Pic so as to have a   significant increase in your assets that you cannot reasonably explain the increase in relation to your lawful income.

*Unlawful enrichment by public official contrary to section 82 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No.l1, 2011. That you, Justice Nganjiwa on November 27, 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction  of the court, being a Judge of the Federal High Court enriched yourself with the sum of N500,000 through your corporate account, Awa-Ajia Nig. Ltd No. 0000971331 domiciled in Access Bank Pic so as to have a significant increase in your assets that you cannot reasonably explain the increase in relation to your lawful income.

*Unlawful enrichment by public official contrary to section 82 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No.l1, 2011. That you, Justice Nganjiwa on February 8, 2016 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court, being a Judge of the Federal High Court enriched yourself with the sum of N500,000 through your corporate account, Awa-Ajia Nig. Ltd No. 0000971331 domiciled in Access Bank Pic so as to have a significant increase in your assets that you cannot reasonably explain the Increase in relation to your lawful income.

*Unlawful enrichment by public official contrary to section 82 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No. 11, 2011. That you, Justice Nganjiwa on or about October 30, 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court, being a Judge of the Federal High Court enriched yourself with the total sum of N500,000 through your corporate account, Awa-Ajia Nig, Ltd No. 0000971331 domiciled in Access Bank Pic so as to have a significant increase in your assets that you cannot reasonably explain the increase in relation to your lawful income.

*Unlawful enrichment by public official contrary to section 82 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No.l1, 2011. That you, Justice Nganjiwa on or about November 8, 2013 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court, being a Judge of the Federal High Court enriched yourself with the total sum of N500,000 through your corporate account, Awa-Ajia Nig. Ltd No. 0000971331 domiciled in Access Bank Pic so as to have a significant increase in your assets that you cannot reasonably explain the increase in relation to your lawful income.

*Unlawful enrichment by public official contrary to section 82 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No. 11, 2011. That you, Justice Nganjiwa on or about April 8, 2013 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court, being a Judge of the Federal High Court enriched yourself with the total sum of N 100,000 through your corporate account, Awa-Ajia Nig. Ltd No. 0000971331 domiciled in Access Bank Pic so as to have a significant increase in your assets that you cannot reasonably explain the increase in relation to your lawful income.

*Unlawful enrichment by public official contrary to section 82 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No.l1, 2011. That you, Justice Nganjiwa  April 17, and June 24, 2013 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court, being a Judge of the Federal High Court enriched yourself with the total sum of N500,000  through your corporate account, Awa-Ajia Nig. Ltd No. 0000971331 domiciled in Access Bank Pic so as to have a significant increase in your assets that you cannot reasonably explain the increase in relation to your lawful income.

*Making false information to an officer of the EFCC contrary to section 39(2} (a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004. That you, Justice Nganjiwa  on or about October 17, 2016 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court, knowingly made a false statement to Orji Chukwuma and Tukur Abdullahi, officers of EFCC the course of the exercise of their duty, wherein you stated as follows “the company then before my appointment really was doing any work assigned or given to it. But this account was not operational from the time I was appointed.”

Source: Vanguardngr.com

Author: Yemi Olarinre