The seven judges, who were arrested on Friday and Saturday by the Department of State Services, have been released on bail.
A source in the DSS, who confided in The PUNCH on Monday evening, said the judges were released on own recognisance on Sunday.
The DSS source said, “They were all released on bail yesterday (Sunday) on own recognisance. They reported this morning (Monday) and they have all gone back home. They will be coming back tomorrow (Tuesday), and everything went very procedurally well and civil.
“They were released on bail on own recognisance based on the fact that given their standing in the society, they cannot run away. They were instructed that they should come back today (Monday) by 10am. They did report for investigation this morning (Monday morning) and they have gone back home.
“The investigation continues and preparation to charge them to court. “Also, the action was a sequel to the lack of cooperation by the National Judicial Council such as the refusal by the NJC to allow the affected persons to be questioned by the DSS. The investigation started some seven months ago, precisely in April 2016.”
A top judiciary officer in Abuja, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the judges had been released. But calls to the mobile of one of the judges did not go through. Read more