Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were reported to have invaded the house of the presiding Justice of Court of Appeal Kano Division, Ita Mbaba.
The home of the judge was said to have been stormed by personnel from the anti-graft commission without any prior notices aside that they showed up at the entrance of the gate.
The General Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ade Adegbite, confirmed the attack on the judge’s home on Wednesday in the state..
Adegbite added that the EFCC officials arrived at the judge’s home in the early hours and gained entrance into the house without prior notices.
The NBA scribe, in a statement released on its official social media handle, noted that the legal practitioners under the NBA would not allow the attack continue and plans were ongoing to prevent any further attack on members and judges.
According to the short statement, “Armed operatives who claimed to be from EFCC invaded the premises of the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Kano Division in the early hours of this morning. When will this madness stop? We will surely not let this slide”.
Confirming the invasion, the commission said that it’s personnel presence at the home of the judge for a Property Verification Exercise,
The commission, in a statement released through its official website, noted the building was sited on Sheik Yusuf Adam Game street, off Race Cross Road, Nassarawa Government Reservation Area, Kano.
It stressed that the justice Mbaba was not under any investigation by the EFCC due to the optimum respect the personnel have for the judiciary and would do nothing to embarrass any officer of the court.
According to the statement, while it is true that operatives of the Commission visited the property housing Hon. Justice Mbaba, on a Property Verification Exercise, owing to a subsisting matter involving the owner of the property, there is no truth, linkage or nexus with any investigation of the Honourable Justice of the Court of Appeal. Available facts showed that Justice Mbaba is not the owner of the property and could, therefore, not be the subject of any investigation by the Commission”.