October 09, 2016

NBA Leaders Cry Out Over Arrest Of Judges... they don't care if the judges are truly corrupt

The Nigerian Bar Association on Saturday declared a state of emergency in the judiciary following the midnight arrest of some judges by the Department of State Services, DSS.

The declaration of the state of emergency was made on Saturday in Lagos by the NBA President, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN).

Mahmoud addressed the press alongside four past presidents of the association,
Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN); Mr. J.B. Daudu (SAN) and Augustine Alegeh (SAN). 

Others in attendance at the declaration, held at Eko Hotel Lagos, were Prof. Kayinsola Ajayi (SAN), Mr. Yusuf Ali (SAN), Mr. Dele Adesina (SAN), among others.

Mahmoud claimed that two Supreme Court justices - Inyang Okoro and Sylvester Ngwuta - were “abducted”, with their families, adding that he had yet to have the full detail of other judges who could have been involved.

He said the NBA condemned what it termed the Gestapo-style operation of DSS. He announced the constitution of an emergency or crisis management team, comprising past NBA presidents to engage with the government.

Mahmoud, who said it was not the responsibility of the DSS to arrest judges, described the DSS action as an unconstitutional means of intimidating the judiciary and undermining its independence.

The NBA President called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the immediate release of the arrested judges, vowing that there would be consequences should the demand be ignored.

Mahmoud said, “I want to emphasise again that we are not under military rule and we cannot accept this unholy event and Gestapo-style operation.

“We, therefore, call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately caution all the state security agencies and to respect the rule of law and to respect due process.

“Any issues affecting the judicial officers, there are established procedures for handling them and we demand that this constitutional process must be obeyed.

“Given the unfolding nature of the event and the seriousness of the situation, the NBA hereby declares a state of emergency as it affects the affairs of the judiciary and I hereby constitute a crisis management team, comprising all past presidents of the association.

“I want to, on behalf of the association, make the very following clear and unequivocal demands: 
we demand the immediate and unconditional release of all the judges abducted from about 9pm yesterday (Friday).

“The release must be done immediately and without any conditions. Two, we demand that the Department of State Services should limit itself to its statutory and constitutional responsibilities.

“I’ll be meeting with the CJN later tonight or tomorrow. There will be consequences should these demands are not met.”


Sunday Ayomide said...

It is now obvious that the politicians in nigeria are the small thieves while their accomplice (judges,lawyers, etc) are the bigger thieves as regard what I was told some years ago that the judges and lawyers do tell the politicians to go on with misappropriation of public fund that there exist a section in our Constitution they would use in defending at the court,I think with what has been going on the raiding of senior judges in the country what I was told is real.personally I don't expect any section of this country,professional body to act against the anti corruption war of this present administration,but as a compos mentis homosapien I think the response of the NBA president is not in support of anti corruption war of this administration,I stand to b corrected NBA as professional body is not bigger than NIGERIA.Mr Mahmoud can you tell us where those currency found in the possession of these judges are gotten.we expect you to give your full weight in support of this anti corruption war as regard your promise when u were campaigning for the office u occupy today,I am not supprise with your response because there is a saying that ornithological specimens of Identical plumage invariably conglomerate to the nearest proximity,mr Mahmoud should also be investigated.

pettersons petersons said...

In my humble opinion I think most of these people actually benefits from the level of corruption in this country. The DSS as made it clear why they were arrested and the court is the next point of call for heaven sake some of these fund DSS claim if it's true is supposed to be above the limit anyone with legit biz will keep in His house and following some judgements in Nigeria that a so conflicting with common reasoning I think the raid is justifiable if sufficient incriminating evidence are available.

Anonymous said...

Empty threats from NBA. P

Barnabas said...

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.

inumidun said...

Shame! Shame!! Shame!!!..