DSS Clears Supreme Court Justice, John Okoro Of Misconduct 3 Years After Invading His House

Published 1 month ago by: Adegbenga Ayinla
at 01:07 PM, 13/12/2019 (1 month ago)

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Three years after Department of State Services (DSS) operatives invade the residence of  Supreme Court Justice John Inyang Okoro has been cleared of any wrongdoing or misconduct,
was arrested alongside other Judges in a sting operation carried out by the DSS in 2016, has been cleared of wrongdoings by the secret police who also returned $38,000 (about N13.68m) and other items taken away from his residence.
The invasion was greeted with widespread condemnations across the country. Three years after the controversial raid, Justice Okoro was neither arraigned nor tried for corrupt practices.
The Supreme Court Justice had in a letter dated October 17, 2016 and addressed to the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, listed some items taken from his home as;
"One iPad, three telephone handsets (only one is active), $38,800  N3.5 million, and four cheque books. The foreign currency was the “leftover from the sum of $24,000 and £10,000 a year he has received each of the previous three years as annual medical/vacation allowances. He explained that he had not spent more than £5,000 on each of three trips he made.
“I was entitled to have more than the amount recovered from me. Put differently, My Lord, the money was the balance of my estacode received from this court for the past three years. This is quite outside the estacodes I have received for the International Conferences I have so far attended since joining the bench of this court"
he added.

A source who spoke to The Nation said:
“The DSS has returned over $30,000 and other items recovered from Justice Inyang Okoro to him, the investigation has been concluded.
“The step taken by the security agency was a vindication of Justice Okoro, who many regarded in the Judiciary as incorruptible. It also demonstrated the fairness of the DSS in upholding the truth.
“Going by what the Justices went through, the clearance of Justice Okoro by the DSS is being celebrated at the bar and the bench.”

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