Chief Justice of Nigeria: Judges' Arrest Deeply Regrettable and Distressing

Justice Mahmud Mohammed, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, has described the mode of arrest of seven judges by the Department of State Security (DSS) as “deeply regrettable.”

While speaking at a valedictory session for Justice Suleiman Galadima of the Supreme Court today in Abuja, Justice Mohammed urged Nigerians to pray for the country.

He said: “It is indeed very saddening and deeply regrettable, the distressing and unfortunate incident which occurred on Friday 7 October and Saturday 8 October, 2016.”

The Chief Justice said an emergency meeting of the National Judicial Council, “which will take place tomorrow, will comprehensively look into the matter.”

“Furthermore, I must express my appreciation to the executive of the Nigerian Bar Association ably led by the President, Abubakar Mahmoud and indeed all members of the legal profession for their prompt action and continued support,” he said.

The arrested judges by DSS include John Okoro and Sylvester Nguta of the Supreme Court, Namdi Dimgba and Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja; Kabiru Auta, from Kano; Muazu Pindiga in Gombe, and a former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Innocent Umezulike.

They are likely to be arraigned anytime soon.


  1. Is CJN saying DSS is wrong to arrest corrupt men because they are judges? If police want to arrest a senator who stole Public Money will they first go and take permission from Saraki?


  2. On your own! More arrest on d way,,, you too will follow if culpable.

  3. Mohammed Abdulhadi10 October, 2016 20:25

    We are waiting for them

  4. May be him follow..the oil touch am too.

  5. Better don't join them!


    The members of the Stealing Association of Nigeria (SANs) hide under the No Bars Association (NBA) to perpetuate corruption in the land.

    They travel on a regular basis to stash money abroad for themselves and on behalf of their treasury looting clients.

    EFCC needs to concentrate on them first, call it stereotyping or whatever, the country needs healing.

    1. NBA Nigeria Bribery Association

  7. Awón ole jatíjatí..


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