The National Judicial Council, NJC, has approved the investigation of seven judges accused of engaging in sundry acts of corruption.
The legal body, which is statutorily empowered to discipline erring judicial officers in the country, said it set up panels to probe the judges, after a two-day meeting it held on June 14 and 15.
In a statement by the Director of Information at the NJC, Soji Oye, Chairman of the Council and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Kayode Ariwoola, investigation became imperative following claims by Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa, husband to a former President of the Court of Appeal, which indicted the judiciary.
Although the NJC did not disclose names of the judges under probe, it said it considered reports from various Investigation Committees and the Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committees on petitions written against 33 Judicial Officers.
However, the petitions against 26 others, among whom included a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Mary Peter Odili, were dismissed, for lack of merit, lack of diligent prosecution, withdrawal of the petition, being subjudice and for the subject Judge having retired from service.