About 10 Senior Advocates of Nigeria have rejected Federal Authorities’s briefs for the prosecution of some judges lined up for trial on corruption prices, The PUNCH has learnt.
Prime sources within the Federal Ministry of Justice confirmed to our correspondent on Wednesday that among the SANs who rejected the briefs had been a part of the eighty particular prosecutors introduced collectively by the Federal Authorities, by way of its Nationwide Prosecution Coordinating Committee.
The eighty particular prosecutors grouped into 20 groups are supposed to deal with Federal Authorities’s excessive-profile circumstances which are instituted by the Legal professional Common of the Federation and Minister of Justice’s workplace.
There are 20 SANs main every of the 20 groups of prosecutors to which the eighty legal professionals are grouped.
Our correspondent learnt that at the least 10 of the SANs have been supplied the briefs of prosecuting the judges however they declined.
Already, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court docket and Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja have been arraigned on alleged corruption prices, following the raid by the operatives of the Division of State Providers on their homes and others’ between October 7 and eight.
It’s anticipated that one other Justice of the Supreme Courtroom, Justice Inyang Okoro, will quickly be charged.
Aside from these, the Federal Authorities had additionally charged the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Courtroom, Mr. Ahmed Saleh, together with two different officers of the apex court docket.
They had been charged with offences, together with diversion of N2.2bn belonging to the courtroom and receiving gratifications from contractors offering providers for the courtroom.
Sources within the NPCC advised our correspondent that it was not straightforward for the federal government to get prosecutors to deal with the circumstances.
However it was learnt that two former worldwide prosecutors, Mr. Segun Jegede, and Mr. Charles Adeogun-Philips, readily accepted the provides.
Whereas Jegede is main the prosecution of Justice Ademola, Adeogun-Philips heads the prosecuting workforce with respect to Justice Ngwuta’s and the Supreme Courtroom officers’ trials.
A supply informed our correspondent, “It has been a Herculean job getting prosecutors to deal with the circumstances.
“I can inform you that about 10 SANs contacted by the ministry to deal with the case have declined the supply. They merely advised us that they can not deal with it.”
When contacted, Mr. Salihu Isah, who doubles because the spokesperson for the Lawyer Basic of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), in addition to the NPCC, stated he was conscious that plenty of SANs have been supplied the briefs however that he couldn’t affirm the result of the gives.
Isah mentioned, “It’s the typical factor when excessive-profile circumstances are given to SANs. So, as anticipated, I’m conscious that some SANs have been really contacted in respect of the judges’ trial however I don’t know the end result.”
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