By G9ija

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has offered explanation for the visit to the residence of a Justice of the Court of Appeal, Kano division, Justice Isa Mbaba.

The Eagle Online recalls that condemnation had trailed the visit of the operatives of the commission to the residence.

Among those who condemned the move was the Nigerian Bar Association.

However in a statement on Thursday, the EFCC defended the decision to have its operatives visit the house of Justice Mbaba.

It said in the statement: “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to some reports in the Social Media, alleging that its operatives, in the Kano Zonal Command, “invaded” the residence of the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Kano Division, Honourable Justice Ita Mbaba, located on Sheik Yusuf Adam Game street, off Race Cross Road, Nasarawa Government Reservation Area, Kano.

“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 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.”