The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is extending the war against corruption in the judicial arm to the bar.
It has invited eight Senior Advocates of Nigeria( SANs) for interrogation over alleged payments into judges’ accounts.
This is coming three weeks after the Department of State Security (DSS) raided the homes of several judges, including two justices of the Supreme Court, and arrested them for alleged corruption.
But the EFCC,after intercepting test messages, have now extended the scope of the investigation to the bar, summoning eight senior lawyers suspected of corrupting judges.
Four of the SANs have already been questioned by the anti-graft commission.
All the SANs have denied the EFCC allegation.
They said in their written statements to the commission that at no time did they remit money into the account of any judge for the purpose of perverting justice.
EFCC sources said it had uncovered “curious payments” into judges’ accounts by the SANs after screening the call logs and text messages of a SAN.
It was gathered that one of the payments was made into the account of a judge of the National Industrial Court (NIC) who was invited by the EFCC for questioning.
A well-placed EFCC source said: “We have summoned eight judges for interrogation over suspicious payments into judges’ accounts.