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15 senior lawyers reject offer to prosecute corrupt judges



– The senior lawyers have refused to take briefs to prosecute the judges currently arraigned by the Federal Government

– The FG has now looked outwards and has employed two Nigerian-born international prosecutors to do the job

Justice Ademola and his wife Olabowale in court last week, senior lawyers have rejected offer to prosecute corrupt him and other judges

The prosecution of allegedly corrupt judges by the federal government has suffered a massive setback as senior lawyers in Nigeria have refused offers to take up the job.

New Telegraph reports that no fewer than 15 senior advocates of Nigeria (SANs) have turned down offers to prosecute any of the three judges currently be tried on various charges of alleged corruption.

It quotes an impeccable source as saying that the lawyers rejected briefs on prosecution of Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court, Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja and Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court, Lagos.

New Telegraph reports that in the absence of Nigerian lawyers, the FG has now acquired the services of two international prosecutors Segun Jegede and Charles Adeogun-Philips to do the job. The details of their contract, it reports, are however, unknown.

The duo have reportedly started work with Jegede leading the prosecution of Justice Ademola while Adeogun-Philips is in charge of prosecuting Justice Ngwuta’s and the Supreme Court officials.

Meanwhile the National Judicial Council has approved the sack of two high court judges over corruption.

The judges are Ugbo Ononogbo and Nasir Gummi of the Abia state and Zamfara state High courts respectively.

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