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N632.2m found in ex-judge’s bank account

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has discovered N632.2 million in the bank account of a former Enugu State Chief Judge, Innocent Umezulike.
On September 29, 2016 the National Judicial Council, NJC, had recommended Mr. Umezulike for compulsory retirement.
The EFCC also found that the lodgements into the retired judge’s account came from lawyers, businessmen, politicians and litigants.
Investigators believed Mr. Umezulike might have operated the account without a BVN.
The former Chief Judge was invited for interrogation on January 17 on some of the “shocking” lodgements.
The NJC recommend for his compulsory retirement after delivering judgment in a case 126 days after final addresses were adopted by parties, and for other instances of abuse of office.
The council also found Justice Umezulike guilty of allegedly “receiving a donation of N10m from a businessman, Arthur Eze, during his book launch while two cases in which Mr. Eze was said to have had “vested interest”, were in the judge’s court.”
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