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EFCC denies alleged raid on appeal court judge’s residence

By Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja
22 September 2022   |   4:31 am
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied a report that the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Kano Division, Ita Mbaba, is being investigated.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied a report that the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Kano Division, Ita Mbaba, is being investigated.

The anti-graft agency made the clarification in reaction to a media report alleging some agents of the EFCC invaded Mbaba’s home.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement, yesterday, admitted operatives of the commission visited a property housing Mbaba’s residence in Kano, but added that the judge was not the target.

The property, according to Uwujaren, is located on Sheik Yusuf Adam Game Street, off Race Course Road, Nasarawa Government Reservation Area, Kano.

He said the operatives visited for a verification exercise concerning the property. He maintained that Mbaba had no link to ownership of the property and therefore, could not have been the subject of its investigations.

He said: “While it is true that operatives of the commission visited the property housing 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 Mbaba is not the owner of the property and could, therefore, not be the subject of any investigation by the commission.

“We wish to restate that Mbaba is not under any investigation by the EFCC. The commission holds the judiciary in optimum respect and will do nothing to embarrass any officer of the court.”