Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC visited the property housing the presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Kano Division, Justice Ita Mbaba, on a Property Verification Exercise, owing to a subsisting matter involving the owner of the property.
EFCC in a statement by Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media & Publicity clarified that there was no truth, linkage or nexus with any investigation of the Honourable Justice of the Court of Appeal.
The statement followed reports in the Social Media that operatives of Kano Zonal Command of the Commission “invaded” the residence of the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal located on Sheik Yusuf Adam Game street, off Race Cross Road, Nassarawa Government Reservation Area, Kano.
The anti-graft agency added that available facts showed that Hon. Justice 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 Hon. Justice Ita 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,” EFCC said in the statement.
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) General Secretary, Mr. Adesina Adegbite, had on his twitter handle claimed armed operatives invaded the Kano home of the senior judicial officer.
He said, “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. #impunitymustend”.