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Attorney General of the Federation Says His Office Gave Backing to Arrest of Judges By DSS

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami says the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has no exclusive rights to any investigations, including matters relating solely to financial crimes.

He said his office received full briefing and gave backing to the arrest of some judges by the Department of State Services over allegations of corruption last month.

The Attorney General stated this in Abuja when he appeared before an ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives at the National Assembly.

Mr. Malami said there are reasonable grounds to justify the arrest of the judges, looking at the high number of petitions that have been received by his office, the DSS, EFCC and other anti-graft agencies.

He said the state has a responsibility to halt all acts of corruption and could deploy any agency with the capacity to achieve that purpose.

The Attorney General added that the state waded into the matter after the National Judicial Council was duly notified but was not willing to act.

The Minister told the session that judges have no immunity against prosecution, adding that there is no requirement of law which stipulated that only the EFCC must investigate financial crimes.

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