Just like the Department of State Services (DSS) arrested some judges for alleged corruption last Friday, a cursory check of possible instances shows that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) — the United States equivalent of the DSS — has a history of acting in like manner.
The DSS raided the homes of some judges across country, claiming it recovered huge wads from them. The secret police arrested some of them.
A debate now rages over the propriety of their action.
But here are three instances from the world’s greatest democracy.
On January 31, 2013, the FBI arrested nine judges for “conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, perjury, making false statements to the FBI, and aiding and abetting”.
On November 4, 2015, the agency arrested a superior North Carolina court judge for bribery and corruption.
Also, on May 30, 2014, it arrested a superior Puerto Rico court judge for bribery.
Some of the judges the DSS arrested are Adeniyi Ademola and Nnamdi Dimgba (federal high court), and Slyvester Ngwuta and John Okoro (supreme court).
Ademola is the judge handling the trial of Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA), who is being prosecuted by the DSS for alleged illegal possession of firearms and money laundering.
The judge has been critical of the DSS owing its refusal to release Dasuki after he had granted him bail.
Dimgba has also criticized the DSS for its high-handedness. The DSS claims it is on a mission to sanitize the judiciary.