Nigerians woke up yesterday Saturday October 8th to the shocking news that 5 High Court Judges and 2 Supreme Court Justices were arrested in the early hours of the morning in an operation that was described as gestapo styled operation in its planning and execution by the Nigerian secret police, the DSS.
Shades of opinions have been canvassed and given on the action of the executive arm of government of Nigeria led by the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired General of the Nigerian armed forces on the Judiciary, the third arm of the three arms of government that make up the government of Nigeria.
It will be recalled that similar actions were taken against the Legislative arm of the government of Nigeria by the executive. The Nigerian Senate President Senator Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu were similarly arraigned before a high court in Abuja for an alleged forgery. The case has since been withdrawn.
Is Buhari trying to recreate or foist a tyrannical military styled government on the people of Nigeria. Nigerian economy has since been declared to be in recession and there seem to be any solution in sight. No detailed economic blue print put in place to redeemed the worsening economic situation in Nigeria.
Buhari it will be recalled presided over a repressive army regime in the eighties. It was for this same reason that he failed in about three attempts to be the Nigerian president in the past. The Nigerian law has an institution that monitors and disciplines airing judges but has no powers of arrest or prosecution.
The print, electronics and the social media has been awashed with the news and reactions since the event was first reported. Are they better and more civil way of arresting and bringing to book alleged corrupt judges? Will the seeming cleaning up of the corrupt judiciary be done whole heartedly and not belatedly as seen from from the lists of Judges so far arrested. From the DSS account, most of the arrested judges were alleged to have collected bribes to influence cases in favour of the opposition party, the PDP. The question that is begging for an answer is, are they no judges who have collected bribes to influence cases in favour of politicians from the ruling party, the APC. The Kogi state governor is a case in point. This is a governor that never stood for nor contested an election but won his case up to the supreme court level.
Here are some selected news items and reactions, click on the links to read the full stories.
Revealed Why DSS is Going after Judges in Nigeriahttp://www.nigerianmonitor.com/revealed-why-dss-is-going-after-judges-in-nigeria.
Governor Wike of Rivers State Stopped our Operatives from Arresting Corrupt Judge
Photos From The ‘Failed Abduction’ By DSS In Rivers State That Left Governor Wike Injured
DSS Gestapo Invasion Of Judges’ Residences, Threat To Democracy – Fayose
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the invasion of residences of five judges, including those of two Justices of the Supreme Court – Justice Walter Onnoghen and Justice Sylvester Ngwuta – by armed men of the Department of State Service and reported arrest as a direct assault on the judiciary.
Judges’ arrest: NBA slams SSS, declares state of emergency
The Nigerian Bar Association has lashed out at the State Security Service for raiding the homes of some senior judges across the country.
At a hastily organised press conference in Lagos, Saturday, the apex lawyers’ body demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the two Supreme Court judges allegedly arrested by the SSS during the raid.
“We condemn the raids in the strongest possible terms,” said Abubakar Mahmoud, president of the body.
“We are in a democratic society and we cannot accept a situation where armed, masked SSS operatives invade homes of the justices of the Supreme Court and judges of our high courts.
SOURCES: Nigerianmonitor and Premiumtimes
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