EFCC arraigns Judge for $260,000; N8.65m unlawful enrichment

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Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court, Bayelsa Division was on Friday arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for alleged unlawful enrichment to the tune of $260,000 and N8,650,000.

The judge was arraigned on 14 counts before the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere. His arraignment followed the dismissal of a preliminary objection he filed to challenge the jurisdiction of the court to try him.

According to PUNCH, Nganjiwa’s lawyer, Chief Robert Clarke (SAN), had contended that by virtue of Section 158 of the 1999 Constitution, only the National Judicial Council had the power to deal with the kind of allegations brought against the serving judge by the EFCC.

But counsel for the EFCC, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, had, in opposition, contended that despite being a serving judge, Justice Nganjiwa had no immunity from criminal…

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