Nigerians “flood SSS with petitions” against judges, demand wider probe

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Nigerians who in the past questioned the conduct of many judges, but had no way of prompting investigations despite having evidence of wrongdoing, are inundating the State Security Service with petitions after last weekend’s arrest of seven judges, security sources said Wednesday.

The petitioners accuse the judges of fraud and want the SSS to widen its investigation beyond judges already penciled down for probe and possible prosecution.

“It’s like everyone who has had cause to go to court for one reason or the other has been a victim,” one SSS source told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday.

The revelation came as the SSS worked to consolidate evidence ahead of the arraignment of the judges arrested in a nationwide anti-corruption sweep between Friday and Saturday, officials said.

Seven judges were taken into custody after the raid conducted simultaneously in six-states, including Abuja.

Supreme Court judges, Inyang Okoro and Sylvester Ngwuta were arrested in Abuja. Federal High Court judges, Adeniyi Ademola and Mohammed Tsamiya were also arrested in Abuja.

Others arrested included, Kabir Auta, Kano; Muazu Pindiga, Gombe; and Innocent Umezulike in Enugu.

The judges were released on Monday after initial plans to arraigned them stalled for reasons not disclosed by the secret police.

But PREMIUM TIMES gathered from sources at the agency’s headquarters on Wednesday afternoon that the jurists will start facing trial from next week.

The sources said the SSS had dispatched proofs of its allegations against the judges to the National Judicial Council for action.

“We have written the NJC about what has happened and we expect the NJC to take some decisions about the affected judges this week,” one source said. “Once that is done, hopefully by next week or thereabout, we should arraign them in court.”

The NJC is constitutionally charged with the task of investigating and sanctioning erring judges.

The agency hopes that the NJC members, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, will recommend sanctions against the judges based on the evidence of graft tendered against them.

The SSS said it found a large sums of money, denominated in naira and other foreign currencies, from the judges’ homes during the raid.

If the NJC finds the evidence by the SSS sufficient, the judges could be dismissed, opening the way for security agencies to arrest and prosecute them.

“The ongoing investigation is not supposed to go beyond this week,” the sources said.

The sources said many Nigerians were supportive of the crackdown by flooding the SSS with damning petitions, with some who had been a victim of abuse of court processes expressing their willingness to testify against the judges.

The sources said the allegations contained fascinating facts that could go a long way in nailing the judges in the court of law.

“More facts are trickling in and we cannot ignore them. It is our statutory responsibility to investigate painstakingly every complaint.

“Some victims have even indicated their readiness to testify in court,” the sources said.

The sources said operatives also uncovered how some of the judges engaged in assets declaration fraud in the course of their investigation.

“The kind of things we observe as regards the forms they submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau is another kettle of fish.

“We discovered a judge filled three different forms with different information either in terms of assets declared or even personal information like age.

“Imagine one judge filling three different forms with different information just to deceive,” the source said.

The clampdown has continued to generate intense debate amongst Nigerians.

While some see the action of the SSS as a welcome development needed to address corruption in the country’s judiciary, others express concerns that the tactics employed by the agency amounts to intimidation and violates the principle of separation of powers.


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  • Public Record

    “Look, it may interest you to know that one of the two Supreme Court judges in our custody has a property
    worth N1.5 billion in one of the South-South states. If we may ask, where did he get the money to set up
    such project? As far as we are concerned, there is nothing unusual in arresting corrupt judges and taking them
    to court because it would be an offence against the nation to continue to turn a blind eye to mounting corruption
    in the judiciary.

    “When we brought in most of the children, wives and relatives of the Judges based on the papers we
    got from the banks, they did not even have an idea that their names had been used by the judges to
    open such accounts. But you see under the Bank Verification Number, you must put in your passports,
    name, signature and others. So, for some of the judges, who used fake names and their wives names
    to open the accounts into which they paid in the proceeds of crime, they foolishly appended their
    signatures or used their pictures, something that gave them out.

    From what we found out, some of the suspects acted foolishly in committing the offence because they
    cannot prove that even if their children were to earn N1 million monthly since they were born till date,
    none of them can accumulate the amount of money we have traced to their accounts and the type
    of property they have.”

    …………….STATE SECURITY SERVICE [SSS]

    (October 11th, 2016)

    • Citilawoffice

      Olusegun Obasanjo signed $3 million from the national treasury as “legal fee” to “a single lawyer”
      for incorporating one Blackbone Galaxy in Nigeria. Nowhere in the world, not even in the United
      States or in Great Britain, is such fee payable to incorporate a company – which paralegals
      undertake.

      We can’t find justification for it even by extrapolating statutorily prescribed fee structure in conveyance
      matters. We therefore call on the Nigerian Parliament to open an inquiry into this $3million fee virtually
      wangled out of the treasury “to a single lawyer” for a job set at below $50,000 only, worldwide.

      We believe a clear case of fraud has occurred with presidential connivance and we call on the Senate
      to enquire and pass a resolution condemning it as fraudulent to enable the EFCC commence
      recovery proceeding of this $3million in a court of law in Nigeria.

      • Mufu Ola

        How did a charge & bail “citi law office” research the news to know the legit or otherwise? Gutter gossiping.

    • Eldorad2000

      NIGERIA IS NO LONGER A COUNTRY WHERE THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SMELLY TOUTS

      AT THE MOTOR PARKS AND THE EQUALLY SMELLY ROBED JUDGES OF THE COURT IN BLACK ROBE.

  • Rommel

    The liberation of Nigeria is gradually happening,the president is doing his part,what about Nigerians,how are we going to help clean Nigeria’s smelly stable?

    • X-donamona

      @disqus_MSz5KF4VNF:disqus

      The international community may have written off Nigeria as a basket case without hope of redemption.
      A country where Supreme Court Justices hide bribes under their beds may have ceased to be a country.

    • igboham

      I hope you will not be a victim when the revolution you pray for happens.

    • NwaIgbo

      We need a week long demonstration in support of DSS and Sai Buhari.

    • Kallah Bature

      Rommel it is simply by supporting the fight not minding the distraction.No measure against the fight to eradicate corruption is too harsh as far as I am concerned.Who else can tackle corruption if not the equivalent of FBI in Nigeria(SSS).

  • David Oleh

    DEAR EDITOR,

    My own petition is this. Who has been sitting on the Appeal case filed at the Court of Appeal since 2008

    in the case of Peter Odili thar was given perpetual injunction against investigation by EFCC forever?

    Whichever Judge of the Court of Appeal is sitting on the case should be arrested at 2.00am.

    • Waka

      Be blessed! Again. I have been interested in this matter for ages. I am troubled Mary Odili’s home was not raided.

      • Burning spear

        Again these dirty Satanic face saving measures by the Buhari Gestapo will never help the efcc and the desperados in DSS to lie their way through the hearts and minds of Nigerians———————————What we Nigerians are concerned with is the Respect for the Rule of law–which is lacking in these retired Fulani military officers—As a matter of fact it is time we enact laws that will never allow former military heads of states, who were once involved in military coups to ever contest any elective post again-in Nigeria–Most especially the ones from the Fulani North–ati Yoruba South West—————————We have had enough of these ongoing madness————–What Nigeria needs are Ideas that will transform our economy not these dog fight by Fulani Buhari and Obj—of the Inca—Yoruba ati Ibo kingdom———–busy disturbing our peace——-in the Niger delta—-Hence the need for us to go our separate ways———————-

    • Burning Spear

      Who is the judge that has been sitting on the certificate forgery case of Alhaji Bingo Buhari ati that of Amaechi–Dambazua–and–Fayemi——-The others are Fashola——–Tinubu—First Lady Aisha Bingo Buhari———–The Siemen and Halliburton scandal———————-ati the theft of the 2.8b by alhaji bingo Buhari—A case that has been on for over 30 years–

  • FreeNigeria

    The whole system is rotten. The rotten politicians, judges, policemen, military and who’s who in Nigeria planted their equally rotten, no good children in choice jobs they can’t perform. All these charade will end the same way gra gra arrest of politicians by EFCC ended or Dasuki and his cronies ended, or Saraki and his gang of thieves ended. Nigeria is run by crooks and thugs, not the best capable hands and patriotic citizens

    • ???asking questions

      @disqus_vNgNHRex1N:disqus

      SINCE THE YEAR 2008 THAT AN APPEAL WAS FILED BY EFCC AGAINST A PERPETUAL INJUNCTION
      AWARDED TO PETER ODILI BY THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT IN PORT-HARCOURT, THE REGISTRAR
      OF THE COURT OF APPEAL; AND, THE PRESIDENT OF THE COURT OF APPEAL HAVE NOT LISTED
      THE CASE FOR HEARING BY ANY PANEL OF THE COURT OF APPEAL. IS THIS NOT CORRUPTION?

      • No Comment

        In Rivers state, the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up under a High Court Judge has
        concluded its sittings and has found Rotimi Amaechi liable to return 53 billion Naira stolen,
        back to the Rivers state treasury. A White Paper has since been issued after a plenary
        cabinet review of all the findings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry. Rivers state has
        consequently formally directed the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice,
        Mr. Chinwe Aguma, SAN, to promptly file charging papers in court against Rotimi Amaechi
        and also for his corrupt sale of the Rivers state gas turbine and theft of proceeds of sale.

      • FreeNigeria

        No my country man, it’s a failed system. Corruption is to easy nomenclature for this disease. It’s satanic wickedness

  • vagabonds in power

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    Justice Mohammed accused President Buhari of victimizing the judges targeted in the midnight crackdown by the DSS for refusing to be intimidated by the secret police over the matters of the election petitions of Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.

    According to one of our top inside sources, the CJN exposed a series of scare and intimidation tactics carried out by the DSS director general, a kinsman to President Buhari, to make the bench bow to its wishes and overturn the judgement against the current governors of two oil-rich states.

    Mohammed expressly accused the DSS DG of using the name of President Buhari in carrying out what he called an “unprecedented attempt to influence the bench and pervert justice” in the country. The president was visibly upset by the revelations and repeatedly denied knowledge of such harassment of judges by the DSS.

    Mr. Daura attempted to deny knowledge of such subterranean moves and claimed that the judges that were arrested, in what the secret police wrongly termed as “sting operation”, were corrupt. A claim which saw the CJN shout him down telling him to shut up and sit down.

    After lambasting the secret police boss, Justice Mohammed proceeded to unreel instances in which Daura contacted judges handling the election petition cases claiming that ruling in favour of the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidates was “what President Buhari wanted”. Again, the president denies issuing such instructions.

    The CJN also revealed that the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi offered the judges millions of dollars to overturn their ruling on the two election petitions. He said the honourable justices rebuffed Amaechi because they were hellbent on delivering a sound judgment on the cases which had been unduly sensationalised by politicians.

    • Mufu Ola

      Why are you so sad?? Face reality.The judiciary will be cleaned up.

  • vagabonds in power

    Mahmood Mohammed, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, has confronted President Muhammadu Buhari in a face-to-face meeting in the Presidential Villa following the weekend crackdown on federal judges and two Supreme Court justices by the country’s secret police.

    The meeting, which held in the morning of Monday, October 10, 2016, was at the instance of the Honourable Justice Mohammed, multiple sources reveal.

    Present at the meeting were Lawal Daura, the director-general of the Department of State Security Services, DSS, which serves as the country’s secret police and the president of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Babatunde Adejumo.

    Our findings are that the meeting was very tense and the chief justice did not mince words when addressing the president on the matter. The visibly infuriated CJN tongue-lashed the president for violating the democratic principles of separation of powers and assuming the unconstitutional status of “supervisor” of the judiciary, an independent arm of government

  • Otile

    Imam Mohamed Buhari is always doing the right things for wrong reasons. Yes it is proper to get rid of corrupt judges, but it is improper to leave out corrupt judges who are Buhari’s close friends or relatives. It is a very big insult on Nigerians for Buhari to close his eyes on the wrongdoings of Judge Okon. It is also sad to see Imam retain corrupt Fashola and Rotimi as ministers of the Federal Republic. It is most obscene to leave Dambazua, Abba Kyari, and General Buratai to thumb their noses at us. It is ungodly.

    • marcos avelino

      Useless tribal religious bigot. Where were you when pastor jonathan was looting and addressing the country from your churches. Mr devil ayo of CAN was smugling millions of dollars to south africa. Imbecile moron

    • Alkali

      The corruption BUHARI sweeps under carpet: CENTRAL BANK audit result

      • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
      • ₦160billion was taken by Sanusi Lamido at the Central Bank for self-determined spending.
      • ₦1.12billion was taken as spent by Sanusi Lamido on lunch for 12 CBN police guards
      in one year.
      • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered in the account as paid to a non-operating airline
      for charter service.
      • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by Sanusi Lamido.
      • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on Central Bank accounts as “inexplicable
      expense” by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
      • ₦20billion was entered as paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to persons
      unknown.
      • ₦3.086billion was taken by Sanusi Lamido and written off as expense ostensibly to promote
      Central Bank image.

      • Viva Revo

        “We are overdue for a revolution. If you are afraid of revolution, maybe you have
        something to be afraid of. What is wrong with us having a revolution here in Nigeria?
        Unless of course you belong to those who are stealing government money or you have
        something to hide, then of course you should be afraid of revolution.

        After the revolution, there is what we call ‘revolutionary justice‘; the revolutionaries will
        get you and shoot you. There are many people whom if we shoot, Nigeria will become
        a better place. In fact, if the revolutionaries can shoot dead just 500 corrupt people,
        Nigeria will be a much better place, and God will forgive the revolutionaries.”

        .…….Dr. Junaid Mohammed

        [March 17, 2013]

        • Ikenna Okwuchi

          Nzeogwu already tried that, it didn’t work then and it certainly won’t work now.

      • Concerned Nigeriana

        WHO WILL SAVE NIGERIA? THE COUNTRY IS SINKING INTO ANOMIE….NIGERIA IS DYING –

        NIGERIA HAS BEEN STOLEN IN HEART AND SOUL…. AND ALL THAT’S LEFT IS MERE SKELETON.

      • igboham

        Who cares? Not me.

    • Mufu Ola

      So Abang Okon have suddenly become Buhari’s friend? You’ll go to any length to dig up dirts.

  • igboham

    Yes – The Yorubas and a few paid other agents will support Buhari. No human being with a brain will support anarchy that Buhari represents. As a Biafran, I want anarchy in or the disorganization of Nigeria.but still have the capacity to know right from wrong. It is no wonder that Nigeria is a mess – Nigerians will support Idi Amin or Hitler. We must continue to work to be free of Nigeria. They have strange brain but I love them as Africans and a pet.

    • Celestine Agwu

      @igboham:disqus

      I am a common man. I am crying for the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
      It is destroyed forever. I don’t see how a corrupt institution like that can
      gain public respect again. It is too hard to ask Nigerians to see the Supreme
      Court as the last hope of the common man if the Justices of the Court are so
      shameless and senseless to sell themselves for money like common prostitutes in
      a hotel. Nigerian government should consider dissolving the Supreme Court to
      set up a new apex court with another name.

      • igboham

        Nothing has been proven – When you do prove something, the damage has already ben done. The supreme court is not isolated from the wider Nigeria and neither any other sector. Sure change the court but you must change everything else starting from – Who is a Nigerian and why? Do you like being a Nigerian or what else? Thanks.

      • James Ojapa

        They destroyed themselves the moment they threw away the constitution and electoral act for yahaya bello of kogi. They judgement was the most shameless judgement ever. The supreme court reversed many judgemennts of the same court just because of billions of bribe

    • Mufu Ola

      Just the way your daft people were supporting Jona, the robber bcos he was throwing peanuts at you.

      • igboham

        Have fun with Buhari and your Nigeria. Good luck

  • akiandpawpaw

    Editor Premium Times,

    The SSS should look into all petitions submitted. About 80% of Nigerian Judges are useless human beings.
    Mass sacking of these Judges is the solution. The Judges of Nigerian courts are stinking. One more thing.
    I want SSS to go further. All this recovered cash money, who delivered them to the Judges’ chambers or
    residence? I’m saying this because the giver of bribe and the receiver are both guilty for quick jailing.
    It is lawyers who bring bags of money to these Judges, especially the hopeless dullards called S.A.N.
    SSS must arrest as many of these useless S.A.N as possible – they are criminals who live in crimes!

    • vagabonds in power

      Nwabueze to NJC: What have you done to Okon Abang over his ruling against Gov. Ikpeazu

      The attitude on the part of the Supreme Court, as the apex Court, that it is not subject to the law, is fraught with grave danger for our constitutional democracy. This is because, whilst the law of the Constitution, is the primary instrument of the Rule of Law, and the statute law the next leading instrument for it, court decisions form its foundation. And when the foundation is faulty, the entire edifice becomes shaky. The point needs amplification.

      In our constitutional system, the courts are the only authoritative decider and interpreter of what the law is for purposes of the Rule of Law. And once a court has spoken, then, its decision establishes, with binding force, the law on the point in issue, unless and until it is reversed or overruled by due process of law. Neither the President nor anyone else has the power or the right to substitute and apply their own view of the law in preference to that of the court in a matter affecting the lives, affairs and actions of other people. To admit any such power or right in anyone, the President included, would only lead to anarchy, to the substitution of the rule of the jungle for the Rule of Law.

      • ALBERT

        The DSS is requesting and appealing to Nigerians to forward petitions backed with facts and evidence against any Judges. So why don`t you forward yours against Justice Okon instead instead of impugning on his character and person because he gave a judgment based on his interpretation of the law. After all, there is nothing to suggest that, the Appeal Court judgment reversing Ikpeazu`s removal might not have been procured. The DSS or the executive has not in anyway breached any law or violate any constitutional provisions.Has serving Ministers not been arrested , prosecuted and jailed in Nigeria before? Has serving Senators not being arrested in Nigeria before? Has serving military officers not been arrested, tried and jailed before? Having such corrupt judges in the system is a sure bet for anarchy and an imminent collapse of Nigeria. Why are Nigerians not wiling to even to go to court and embark on self help approach? The police and the Judiciary are the most corrupt institutions and need to be purged at all cost.

    • ALBERT

      A good suggestion but who will implement all these brilliant suggestion when we have drown ourselves with some false doctrine of `separation` of powers which some have interpreted to mean separation of govt. When it is not separation of power doctrine, it is political vendetta or ethnic cleansing by PMB against the SS, SW, SE or Christians. In this case, we have seen that, corruption and corrupt judges do not answer the call of tribe but the smell and colour of blood money. The problem is the composition and members of the NJC. Over 90% are very corrupt and the engine of corruption in the Judiciary.So how can they discipline their partners in crime. This is a good start and good and bright beginning and a very bold and audacious move by Buhari. Let the FGN form a special tribunal to try public officials. W want to see more raids, the immigration, Customs, Universities, Airports, Police chiefs and legislators.

  • Africa

    Do we have incorruptible judges to handle the trial of these bad ones?

    • vagabonds in power

      Nwabueze to NJC: What have you done to Okon Abang over his ruling against Gov. Ikpeazu

      The attitude on the part of the Supreme Court, as the apex Court, that it is not subject to the law, is fraught with grave danger for our constitutional democracy. This is because, whilst the law of the Constitution, is the primary instrument of the Rule of Law, and the statute law the next leading instrument for it, court decisions form its foundation. And when the foundation is faulty, the entire edifice becomes shaky. The point needs amplification.

      In our constitutional system, the courts are the only authoritative decider and interpreter of what the law is for purposes of the Rule of Law. And once a court has spoken, then, its decision establishes, with binding force, the law on the point in issue, unless and until it is reversed or overruled by due process of law. Neither the President nor anyone else has the power or the right to substitute and apply their own view of the law in preference to that of the court in a matter affecting the lives, affairs and actions of other people. To admit any such power or right in anyone, the President included, would only lead to anarchy, to the substitution of the rule of the jungle for the Rule of Law.———————–

      • Africa

        Are you lecturing me here on the function of the court or the purpose of our Constitution? I hope you are not high on something!

    • vagabonds in power

      with sick brains like yours still in Nigeria———there is no hope for the Ibo man in the south east——————–

      • Africa

        ???

  • vagabonds in power

    Nwabueze to NJC: What have you done to Okon Abang over his ruling against Gov. Ikpeazu

    The attitude on the part of the Supreme Court, as the apex Court, that it is not subject to the law, is fraught with grave danger for our constitutional democracy. This is because, whilst the law of the Constitution, is the primary instrument of the Rule of Law, and the statute law the next leading instrument for it, court decisions form its foundation. And when the foundation is faulty, the entire edifice becomes shaky. The point needs amplification.

    In our constitutional system, the courts are the only authoritative decider and interpreter of what the law is for purposes of the Rule of Law. And once a court has spoken, then, its decision establishes, with binding force, the law on the point in issue, unless and until it is reversed or overruled by due process of law. Neither the President nor anyone else has the power or the right to substitute and apply their own view of the law in preference to that of the court in a matter affecting the lives, affairs and actions of other people. To admit any such power or right in anyone, the President included, would only lead to anarchy, to the substitution of the rule of the jungle for the Rule of Law.

  • vagabonds in power

    Whilst judges are not granted immunity from criminal process, the vital and sacrosanct role of the judiciary in governance entitles them to great respect over and above that accorded to the ordinary citizens. To disgrace a judge, as by a degrading treatment, is not just the disgraceful treatment of an individual; it brings the entire judiciary, as the third organ of government, the Third Estate of the Realm, into disrepute and undermines its credibility in the eyes of the public. It diminishes our country, and all of us. The matter therefore counsels and demands cautious handling.

    We are in a constitutional democracy, not a military dictatorship, and the law must be respected and obeyed in the way the affairs of the country are handled, including the handling of the fight against corruption which we all wholeheartedly support.

    Professor Ben Nwabueze

    10 October, 2016

    • ???asking questions

      SINCE THE YEAR 2008 THAT AN APPEAL WAS FILED BY EFCC AGAINST A PERPETUAL INJUNCTION
      AWARDED TO PETER ODILI BY THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT IN PORT-HARCOURT, THE REGISTRAR
      OF THE COURT OF APPEAL; AND, THE PRESIDENT OF THE COURT OF APPEAL HAVE NOT LISTED
      THE CASE FOR HEARING BY ANY PANEL OF THE COURT OF APPEAL. IS THIS NOT CORRUPTION?

      • zung

        TOTAL CORRUPTION…….THE ODILI’S CASE I REMEMBER. THANK YOU FOR REMINDING US.

      • JSA1

        @???asking questions: Don’t worry, EFCC are getting set for ODILI. VERY SHORTLY, HE WILL BE SMOKED OUT OF THE CREEK WITH HIS MILITANTS.

    • Omoolowu

      I really appreciate if you keep your peace!

    • Mufu Ola

      Nwabueze is a member of the gang. No point there.You only respect those who respect themselves.

  • NinjaK

    Story as usual

  • musa aliyu

    They should all be dealt with. When are we going to start looking at police? Eweeiy!!!!

    • I just dey ask

      @disqus_XU7l5Bu6Ch:disqus

      WHEN DID BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION BECOME PART OF THE MEANING OF INDEPENDENCE
      OF THE JUDICIARY TO WARRANT ANY SYMPATHY FOR THE TWO SUPREME COURT JUSTICES
      SPENDING THE 2ND NIGHT IN PRISON CUSTODY EN ROUTE TO BEING ARRAIGNED TOMORROW?

    • T joy

      My brother let start from Judiciary, then police, so that Nigeria will be sanitize.

  • Burning Spear

    At Justice Dr Dimgba’s house at Abuja he opened the door without any delay. They showed him two search warrants in succession and all did not have his name. Yet they still insisted on searching the house and also injured his brother.

    No no no we cannot deal with corruption in the judiciary by simply setting out to intimidate the entire system. The cost of the intimidation is 100,000,000 times higher than allowing 20 corrupt judges escape justice.

    This is no Hitler era. If we keep encouraging this rubbish, they nation will bleed from this sooner than later. Simply not justifiable.

    I saw this post by one Okechukwu Dili Nwabueze on apps and I agree. “Primitive cover governance strategy towards a seemingly good objective. However Nigerians must be warned to expect more primitive and oppressive actions from this incompetent government. Now for those in the legal profession this is the time to show character rather than settle for personal gains. Why wouldn’t it be rational for lawyers to boycott all cases involving the federal government and also for all lawyers in federal cabinet to resign? This should include the Vp if he is truly a democrat.

    • franknaija

      Lol. You still dey vex?

  • Solicitor & Advocate

    Premium Times Editor,

    ‘How Justice Adeniyi Ademola ran away in Abuja’

    My privilege
    as Nigerian-licensed Solicitor abroad was breached by Justice
    Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja, who is reported by his
    stewards to have run upstairs immediately the SSS team arrived his gate.
    According to his stewards, Justice Admola instructed and said whilst fleeing
    upstairs that the stewards should tell lies to the SSS men that he – Justice
    Ademola – has traveled out of Abuja to Benin city in Edo state. His stewards
    did as instructed.

    But the SSS insisted that the stewards should call Justice Ademola in their
    presence to be sure. They did and Justice Ademola repeated the lies on phone
    that he was answering the phone call from Benin city in Edo state, whereas he was
    upstairs locked, in his bedroom. With GPS tracking the SSS located where Justice
    Ademola was – right inside the house – and SSS proceeded to break the door to
    his bedroom where he was hiding and SSS bundled him straight into prison.

    • T joy

      This Adeniyi Ademola should be executed, He is a disgrace to Yoruba tribe.

      • Mufu Ola

        I encountered him a few yrs back.I know he’s as dangerous as a rattle snake!

    • Peter_Edo

      They finally got him… this is the guy that has been granting bail to ALL who comes his way, despite mounting evidence of evil against those seeking bail. I knew his day would come.

    • Kitunde

      Lol…i can’t stop laughing…haha petty criminal!

  • Burning Spear

    Prof. Ernest Ojukwu is a professor of Criminal Law,

    “Folks there is nothing to applaud about in the arrests of our judges. Nothing.

    The process adopted is simply a path to hell for the country. A clear road map to recklessness, intimidation of the judiciary and total annihilation of rule of law.

    Even policemen who are accused of murder don’t get this kind of treatment. Police peers will first deal with the matter as orderly room trial or for senior officers through the Police Council and then dismiss them. It is only when the uniform is removed that the trial in court can take place.

    A combined reading of the Constitutional provisions and the Schedule to the Constitution on NJC Powers and functions will show that the Constitution intends that all cases of professional misconduct by Judges in their professional capacity must first be dealt with by NJC before proceeding with other alternative court processes. The allegations are not kidnapping, armed robbery, terrorism etc. They are allegations of misconduct in professional capacity.

    DSS’s conduct is a reckless affront just to intimidate the Judiciary on behalf of Government.

    Look at the Dss statement on Justice Liman, that Gov Wike prevented them from searching his house and helped him move $2m to an unknown place. Very reckless statement that shocks the mind about the aim of the purge. First Dss did not go to Justice Liman’s house. They rather surrounded another judge’s close to Liman’s house and that’s where the altercation with the Governor took place. Liman was at home until 2pm Saturday afternoon and was reading Dss lies from there. Up till now Dss has not gone to Liman’s house. The most bizarre of this is that Dss office in Port Hacourt is on the same street as Liman’s House and the other Judge. DSS’s office is No 33 while Justice Liman is No 35 and the other Judge is No. 34. When did they count the $2m?

    • Thunder fire you and fire that useless Ojukwu of a lawyer,I am not surprised by this you post,we know you way back from PDP time,very soon your cup will be full!.

    • thisnigeria

      Mr Ojukwu, if this was the norm, that is why we are where we are.. If the police, the soldiers and judges must first deal with their peers before it gets to the court, then the politicians, the teachers, the carpenters, the mechanics, the drivers, market men and women and so on should not be taken to court unless authorized by their professional associations. All animals, indeed, all citizens must be treated fairly.

    • Rommel

      See how steam is escaping from your nostrils,next time,Ezenwo Nyesom Wike will be thoroughly beaten up,a word they say is enough for the wise

      • T joy

        @Rommel, thanks you so much, His father is among the corrupt judges i have said in my previous message that if justice should be prevail his father should spend the rest of his life in prison.

    • Mufu Ola

      If the NJC had been doing its job promptly & not shielding corruption, DSS would not have moved in.Why are u so sad? A beneficiary?

      • T joy

        You are right my brother, it’s time for them to answer our questions,Mr President should act faster so that corruption will not fight back, GOD bless you.

    • Osakue

      Lol. These judges are human beings just like me and you If the DSS invited them they will never get hold of anything to use as evidence. It is now left for the judges to prove before a court how they got cash found in their homes.

    • JSA1

      YEYE PROF.

  • Du Covenant

    The people are now speaking and this is a good precedent. The judiciary has cheated Nigerians for far too long and it is high time the heat is turned on them. The only person standing in Nigeria today with no skeletons in his cupboard in Buhari and if we really mean business of building a fair society, we should support all efforts to fight corruption in Nigeria. No one should be above the laws of the land including our so called judges who have metted worst treatments to fellow Nigerians in so many ways e.g. protecting corrupt public officials and encouraging impunity in the country.

  • Adamson

    Does anyone know how Magistrate court and the police ‘work’ together? If you cannot pay the Police/Magistrate court judge business partnership, you are threatened with Prison incarceration. The guys who could pay their way, their cases most of the time never end up in court. But if you can’t pay, after all the threat, you are bundled to the Magistrate who will take your plea, “guilty or not guilty”. Bail is set, but most cannot afford a lawyer or pay for the bail. Thereafter, you are taken to prison as awaiting trial. You could end up serving 10 years as awaiting trial, because, no one will bring your case to the court again, unless, someone fights for you from the outside. In a normal orison in Nigeria, you could have awaiting trial, 4000 prisoners and Convicted Prisoners, 20 persons. If you doubt me, ho to Kirikiri Medium or Maximum Security prisins and find out.

    So when PMB is moving against this corrupt system, the hard way, the only way, because NJC e.t.c wont do anything but protect themselves. The Big lawyers, Police and Judges have commercialised Judgement to the highest bidder, while the poor and defenceless are destroyed.

    All Judges, from the Mahistrate court upwards in Nigeria should be probed. All Police DPOs and IPOs, MUST be sacjed and then probed. All the big lawyers snd SANs should be probed and HEAVY PENALTY AND SANCTION METTED OUT TO ERRING officers of the law and Judiciary. Then they should move in the Legislathieves.

    The concept of Separation of Pwers does NOT AFFECT LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, DOING THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL GUARRANTEED JOBS. IF A POLICE OR DSS/SSS OR ARMY ARREST YOU FOR A CRIME, IT IS NOT THE EXECUTIVE, IT IS THE LAW, WHICH DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE WHETHER YOU ARE EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATHIEVES OR JUDICIARY.

    • James Ojapa

      End of discussion. Thumbs up

    • JSA1

      @adamson, God bless you for your accurate and patriotic contribution to this interesting development in the anti-corruption crusade of PMB. Long LIVE FRN, LONG LIVE DSS, LONG LIVE PMB.

  • thusspokez

    Nigerians “flood SSS with petitions” against judges, demand wider probe

    This is a misleading headline. The source of this claim is the SSS itself as stated in the report:

    PREMIUM TIMES should have done its own independently investigation of this bogus claim before giving it headline news. status. May I remind PREMIUM TIMES that it stands to lose its reputation if it were seen by its readership to be in cohort with the SSS and facilitating SSS propaganda to distract Nigerians from the SSS barbaric methods and gross abuse of the rule of law.

  • Mufu Ola

    Some people are apparently saddened that judiciary is being cleansed.Imagine somebody questioning Premium Times & calling it “DSS propaganda”.I have bundles of petition myself that I’m preparing.People who loves & cuddles corruption are on the prowl, yet they will come out & say “I hate corruption but…..”Even if is DSS “propaganda” are these corrupt elements & their agents not on propaganda too to give impression that the crackdown is unpopular?

    • Burning Spear

      Rubbish——————Respect for the Rule of law—that ios what we are all talkin g about———————-here—period—-Not planting tonnes of lies and lies manufactured from the Pit of Hell in Mali by Bingo Buhari and his Gestapo——————to misdirect the thoughts of Nigerians from the current economic predicaments–

      • T joy

        Did this corrupt lawyers and judges respect law ?, why are they running to seek for the injuction before they were been bursted earlier ?

      • Osakue

        Rule of Law? The judges should known more about rule of law before they started taking bribes abi e no dey law. These are no ordinary people. They are suppose to be like our hope for justice. Left to me the DSS did what majority of Nigeria wants ‘all men are equal to the law. If they called you for a government job you will think twice. Be faithful to your country and no sting operation will ever come to you.

        • Mufu Ola

          Thanks.

        • Ikenna Okwuchi

          Go tell that to Justice Dimgba

      • I support you my brother. Now our suffering in Nigeria just started because DSS can do anything they want. Just like SARS can kill any innocent person and say he’s an armed robber

        • dami

          What’s new here? Weren’t SARS and DSS doing this to the common man before?
          The only diff is now they are doing it to the so called big man…hence now the complaints…let them have a dose of their own medicine for a change.

  • Burning Spear

    DSS’s conduct is a reckless affront just to intimidate the Judiciary on behalf of Government.

    Look at the Dss statement on Justice Liman, that Gov Wike prevented them from searching his house and helped him move $2m to an unknown place. Very reckless statement that shocks the mind about the aim of the purge. First Dss did not go to Justice Liman’s house. They rather surrounded another judge’s close to Liman’s house and that’s where the altercation with the Governor took place. Liman was at home until 2pm Saturday afternoon and was reading Dss lies from there. Up till now Dss has not gone to Liman’s house. The most bizarre of this is that Dss office in Port Hacourt is on the same street as Liman’s House and the other Judge. DSS’s office is No 33 while Justice Liman is No 35 and the other Judge is No. 34. When did they count the $2m?

    At Justice Dr Dimgba’s house at Abuja he opened the door without any delay. They showed him two search warrants in succession and all did not have his name. Yet they still insisted on searching the house and also injured his brother.

    No no no we cannot deal with corruption in the judiciary by simply setting out to intimidate the entire system. The cost of the intimidation is 100,000,000 times higher than allowing 20 corrupt judges escape justice.

    This is no Hitler era. If we keep encouraging this rubbish, they nation will bleed from this sooner than later. Simply not justifiable.

    I saw this post by one Okechukwu Dili Nwabueze on apps and I agree. “Primitive cover governance strategy towards a seemingly good objective. However Nigerians must be warned to expect more primitive and oppressive actions from this incompetent government. Now for those in the legal profession this is the time to show character rather than settle for personal gains. Why wouldn’t it be rational for lawyers to boycott all cases involving the federal government and also for all lawyers in federal cabinet to resign? This should include the Vp if he is truly a democrat. What a shame

    • T joy

      Sorry man, your father is involve in the cracked down, i hope the NJC should let the justice prevail so that they can send him, your father to prison in other for him to know that there is no immunity for him.

    • Abdulkadir

      Why do you find it difficult to believe the DSS but easy to believe the accused judge? If everyone were to confirm whether or not they were involved in a crime before they are prosecuted, only a few, if any, would ever be prosecuted. If indeed there was another judge, then it would have been up to Liman to tell us who that person is. After succeeding in his effort to hide, destroy or mutilate evidence of corruption with the aid of a serving Governor and the tacit support of the police, he came out to insinuate his house was never subject for a search. I think it a person who believes so that is an in grade, not the person who seeks to change history.

    • Osakue

      My fellow country man. If you want to catch a monkey you act like a money. For a judge to accept bribe is crime against humanity. Just imagine a community dispute gets into the hands of these judges. A wrong judgement could spark a community war. They collected bribes in espionage style so let them be arrested in espionage style too.

    • James Ojapa

      Extraordinary corruption requires extraordinary measures. I feel bad about dimgba because he is one of the few upright judges in Nigeria today. Main reason Why he was not arrested.No evidence against him

    • Chi

      Instead of this ranting, shouldn’t you advise the Judges to sue DSS if they indeed are right and have no skeletons in their cupboard?
      Why go on strike when you can go to court, is that not what they advice us unlearned masses? Not unless they have no faith in the system they operate. Learned crooks. No better than Bureau de change operators.

    • Mufu Ola

      Yes! “Reckless intimidation” of the judiciary that thoroughly needs to be intimidated & flagged into line. Why do NJC suddenly remember emergency meeting lasting 3 days? The ‘intimidation’ is working & we love it except the crooks & their agents.

  • Rick Eson

    Nigerian voted for change and this is a sign of change. The mother of all corruption and looting is a compromise judicial system. The sorry state of our dear Nation currently catalysed by corruption and looting perpetrated by the greedy evil citizen who only care about their pocket. The corrupt fighting back bandwagon will get stronger if effort Is not intensify to sanitized the judicial system. The action of the SSS very welcoming development and patriotic citizen must give them support.

    • Osakue

      Thumbs up

    • No support from here. If you are actually living in Nigeria. Please share your experiences with the Nigerian police? They’re trained liars.

  • Lanre

    So DSS is now the police for you to lodge your complaint. Nigeria. Police did not work, they form EFCC. EFCC did not work they use DSS. DSS does not work, they use military. Military does not work, they resort to jungle justice. Befitting for a jungle, I suppose.

    • tundemash

      Keep hurting !

    • IG

      Let’s that be your headache

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      DSS is secrete Police. They are Police.
      It is normal to raid the home of a suspected criminals, be they armed robbers, kidnappers or corrupt Judges.
      A corrupt Judge is a is worst than an armed robber.

  • It’s a pity that we are passing through this in Nigeria. . It’ll get worse and it’s the ordinary people that will suffer most. Imagine the police seeing you on the road and saying you are an armed robbery. Then take you to courts and the judge has to believe everything the police says in court without proper evidence!

  • wode

    People don’t have to fear the President, they should only fear the consequences of their deeds. If you ask these judges, like many others being tried for corruption, none of them would have ever thought that we can ever have this type of “revolution”. They wouldn’t have gone into the dirty deals. This is a lesson for everyone. Always do the right thing irrespective of what seems to be in “vogue”. There would always be a consequence.