Following weeks of uncertainty around Nigeria’s judiciary and the conduct of judges, The National Judicial Council has suspended seven judges accused of corruption.
Two Supreme Court justices, as well as Five high court judges, were arrested by the DSS in October amid claims that they had all received vast sums of money to influence judgments in several cases.
The NJC had initially risen to the defense of the judges but it has now said the judges have ‘stepped aside voluntarily’.
A statement released after the council’s meeting on Thursday read “Council also decided that Judicial Officers shall not be standing trial for alleged corruption related offences and be performing judicial functions at the same time,” “Council however decided that it will ensure that Judicial Officers who are being investigated for alleged
“Council however decided that it will ensure that Judicial Officers who are being investigated for alleged high profile criminal offences do not perform judicial functions until their cases are concluded.”
Despite their arrest and interrogation, they have not been arraigned.