Nigeria detains judges, seizes assets in graft probe

Nigerian police detained seven judges, according to a security source, who said a total of 15 judges were being investigated for allegedly receiving bribesNigeria’s secret police seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and assets in a series of anti-corruption raids targeting senior judges, drawing sharp condemnation Sunday from the bar association and rights groups. The raids prompted the Nigerian Bar Association to declare a state of emergency, denouncing the “Gestapo-style” operation and prompting President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman to defend the operation. In a statement, the Department of State Services (DSS) said it had seized $800,000 (715,000 euros) in cash during the operation which was launched on the basis of “allegations of corruption and professional misconduct” by a number of judges.

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