African Bar condemns arrest, invasion of judges’ homes

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The African Bar Association, AFBA, says it is shocked about the arrest of some judges and invasion their homes by security agents in Nigeria.

The AFBA President, Hannibal Uwaifo, said that the action of the security agents was a violation of the principles of the rule of law and tenets of separation of power.

“The AFBA demands the immediate release of all detained judges and judicial officers, the stoppage of further invasion of their homes under any guise and strict obedience to the rule of law.

“The African Bar believes that these grave violations represent a serious setback for growth and development and will not portray Nigeria and Africa well in the international arena,” Mr. Uwaifo said in a statement.

Mr. Uwaifo said that the association would work with the Nigerian Bar Association to ensure that the violation was quickly and decisively addressed.

He added that although AFBA condemned corruption, it would not tolerate the use of “gestapo tactics” or any other extra legal means to address it.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that operatives of the Department of State Service, on Friday and Saturday, invaded the homes of some judges and made some arrests.

(NAN)


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  • Spoken word

    lol. i wish they were this passionate when poor people are harassed and thrown in jail without any due process.

  • agbobu

    BRIEFLESS AFRICAN BAR FOR YOUR INFORMATION NOBODY AND I MEAN NOBODY,
    IS ABOVE THE LAWS OF THE LAND. WE HAVE THREE ARMS OF GOVERNMENT
    RECOGNISED BY OUR CONSTITUTION AND THEY MUST ALL BE ALLOWED TO PERFORM
    THEIR DUTIES WIYHOUT LET OR HINDRANCE. IF THE JUDGES ARE SUSPECTED TO
    RUN FOWL OF THE LAWS, THEY MUST BE INVESTIGATED BY THE LAW ENFORCEMENT
    AGENTS AND IF IT IS FOUND, THAT THEY HAVE CASES TO ANSWER, THEY MUST BE
    TRIED LIKE EVERY OTHER NIGERIA AND IF FOUND GUILTY AFTER A VERY FAIR
    AND VERY VERIFIABLE TRIAL MUST BE VERY SEVERELY PUNISHED.

  • Rommel

    Obviously this Uwaifo is a Nigerian,the only reasonable Uwaifo I know is Sir Victor Uwaifo so what this other one is saying means nothing to me,when the FBI and Swiss authorities were arresting FIFA official from their hotel rooms,was it not same thing? are judges not human beings? to me,because they interpret the law,when they run foul of the law,they should be dragged through mud,for decades,they have felt omnipotent,even the president who is elected faces scrutiny daily, why allow judiciary to remain unchecked in a country that has been regarded as the most corrupt in the world,let them have their day in court.

  • Abidilagungun

    Separation of Powers perhaps also means the separation of looting; one looting branch should not investigate another looting branch. Chai

  • Du Covenant

    When the whole black Africa has been turned into beggars because of BAD governance, corruption and ineptitude, where was this so called African bar?. The members should be ashamed of themselves. It has to take the ICC to teach some of the worst leaders on this planet some sense what does the African bar do?..