Even though Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the federal high court in Abuja was one of the judges whose homes were invaded by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS), he was not arrested alongside the others.
Thisday newspaper is reporting that the judge has now been invited by the DSS to appear before it on Monday.
In the response of the National Judicial Commission (NJC) on Thursday night to the DSS raid, it confirmed that on 5th August, 2016, the DSS had written a complaint to it alleging corrupt practices and professional misconduct against Justice Dimgba. The NJC said it constituted a fact finding committee on 29th September to investigate the allegations.
“The committee has commenced the process of investigating the allegations before the recent unfortunate raid and search of Hon. Justice Dimgba’s residence,” said the NJC in its statement.
It is unclear if the NJC would continue with its own investigations now or if the DSS would simply take over.
During the raid on Dimgba’s home, the DSS went in with a wrong search warrant not meant for the house, but that did not stop the agency from raiding and ransacking it. They reportedly manhandled Dimgba’s nephew and driver in the process.
There are accusations that the DSS is persecuting Dimgba because of a recent decision of his, declaring as unlawful, the arrest and continued detention of Air Commodore Umar Mohammed (rtd), a member of the Presidential team investigating the arms deal in the country.
In July, Dimgba had blasted the DSS in court for flouting an order to remand Mohammed in prison. The agency took him to its office instead.
“I take a strong exception to this type of behaviour; when the court orders that someone be kept in prison custody, the person ought to be kept in prison and not in the office.
“If the people at the DSS want to become judge and do their job as well, I am ready to vacate my office for them. But as long as I am still here, I take an exception to them flouting the orders of the court. Once processes have been filed in court, it is no longer in their hands and the order of the court must be obeyed,” Dimgba had said.