Judges’ arrest: Nigeria now has “three Arms of corruption” – Senator

Shehu Sani
Shehu Sani

With the ongoing clampdown on judges for alleged corrupt practices, outspoken Senator, Shehu Sani, on Monday said the three arms of Nigeria’s government – Executive, Legislature and Judiciary – are now bugged by corruption.

Mr. Sani, the All Progressives Congress Senator representing Kaduna Central, said this in the wake of the sting operation conducted by the State Security Service, leading to the arrest of some judges for alleged corrupt practices.

In the early hours of Saturday, SSS operatives raided residences of some judges Gestapo style. No few than 15 judges are under investigation, with 7 already in custody.

Mr. Sani said the allegations against the judges completed a circle of corruption running around the three arms of government in Nigeria.

“With mountains of allegations of corruption in the kitchen cabinet of Mr. President; with mountains of allegations of corruption in the Parliament; with mountains of allegations of corruption in the Judiciary, now we are having a three Arms of corruption,” said Mr. Sani.

Key members of the President’s Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, including the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari; Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi; and Interior Minister, Abdurhaman Dambazzau, have come under spotlight for alleged corrupt practices.

In the National Assembly, apart from the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who is facing trial for alleged false asset declaration; fugitives like Buruji Kashamu and Joshua Dariye; and former governors like Danjuma Goje and Godswill Akpabio have cases with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Also, the Speaker of the House of Representatives was accused of corruption and abuse of office in the 2016 budget process by Abdulmumin Jibrin, former appropriations committee chairman.

Mr. Sani, in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, said the action of the SSS amounted to “sadism” and smacked of totalitarianism if due process was not followed.

“The raid on the residences of the Supreme Court judges if done with a proper court order is justified but if done without a proper court order is nothing but sadism.

“Support for search or arrest without warrant irrespective of the gravity of suspicion is a tacit endorsement of tendencies of a totalitarian state,” the Senator said.

But if the SSS followed due process of law, he continued, defending the judges despite “evidences of harvest of cash in their houses is nothing but wholesale endorsement of corruption.”

The SSS has defended its action, saying it acted within provisions of the law. Similarly, the presidency said the action was not a war against the Judiciary, but against corruption, assuring of regard for the bench.

Admonishing the judiciary, Mr. Sani said the bench “should not be and must not be a cash counter.”

He added that, “impunity is rooted in a society where Justice is for the highest bidder; corrupt Judges are merchants of Justice; and commercialization of Justice puts Justice on tender.”

He also warned the Federal Government against tyrannical tendencies, and breaching law to pursue its anti-corruption fight.

The lawmaker said: “For the SSS and the Federal Government this is my take:

1-Rule of law is the most potent weapon in the fight against corruption in a democratic society;

2-Each time we circumvent the rule of law for expediency, we reinforce the pillar of tyranny.

3-It’s not the good we achieve when we cut short the rule of law, it’s the evil that could be justified using the same route.

4-Whatever you achieve using the rule of law is insured against moral stain.
5-To break the law in order to enforce the law is to extinguish the flame of justice upon which the rule of law is alighted.”

While stressing that the Judiciary risks losing public confidence if “rulings turn to products of transaction”, he warned that security agencies should not be immune from respect for rule of law.

“We must not give a blank cheque to security agencies which can be abused,” he said.


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  • Bright Henry

    Sani are u not a legislathief? Why r u complaining. Have u rejected the millions u take every month? Fake anti corruption crusader

  • The oneNigeria

    Mr Sani you are very correct on this . If this arrest was done properly I see no need for this outcry.we should applaud the presidency .

    • Karl Imom

      Why go to press if he did not have the facts? Search warrants were obtained before SSS went to work. This much has been explained. What point(s) is he trying to make?

      • Voice Out

        They claimed they obtained search warrant from a state different from where the arrest were made and also the search warrant was not duly signed by any high court judge and all these contradict the stipulations of the constitution.

        • Amir

          So in your warped mind the constitution of the state is different from federal? If the police is chasing you in Ogun State and you cross over to Lagos state, they should first obtain an arrest warrant from Lagos state?

          • bala

            HELP ME O MY BROTHER. THE LOOTERS ARE ON THE PROWL!

          • Iniabasi Akpan

            If u have a divergent view from d vulnerables,you r christened a looter.
            Pathetic!

        • bala

          DID YOU SEE THE WARRANT MR. DIRTY LIE. WHAT CONTRADICTION ARE YOU REFERRING TO? MAY BE YOU.

  • abdul dull daura

    Is it possible for the judiciary to start impeachment process?

  • Rommel

    To show his patriotism,he should show us his pay slip and how much is credited to his account monthly from the national assembly accounts

  • Hank

    Nigeria now has “three Arms of corruption” – Senator

    Senator Sani, please tell us what we don’t already know about Nigeria. How about your salary? Do you think your IQ level justify your salary? What have you done for Nigeria to justify your salary? Shameless people…you should not even be speaking about corruption until your salary is reduced to $50,000.00/year to reflect your skill level.

    • Truth is bitter

      My brother, Never you expect any positive thoughts from our sena-thieves or National Assembly of Rogues. It’s only Almighty God can bring light to Nigeria, because we’re in total blackout and darkness.

  • willi

    U see this nation had been inflicted of corruption as a legal tradition, stealing money from national coffer is no longer an offence, only the smart ones can have assess to govt money and loot it, then go around with big cars and thugs, behind them is these corrupted judges that turn water into kerosene after taking millions of naira, dollars, euro etc from them.
    This PMB administration is now having strong opposition from every corner and mostly from judiciary which normally is expected to join the President in the corruption fight.
    I am sure the judiciary cleansing process is in line with the President statement’s that anyone standing on the way of corruption fight must be kick aside,
    I am sure the President is in the right direction those critics should check themselves properly if their hands are not stained.

  • Man_Enough

    this sani is never straight forward. he ought to have got his facts right before going to press. after all he is in the best position to demand for the correct information. why standing aloof and playing the ostrich?

    • Kñîghtš Tëmpłær

      You’re not man enough after all…

  • Omolaja nofiu

    I am personally impressed with Senator Sani for always calling a spade by its true name! He is one of those few publicly known Nigerians (including Falana, lately) who have refuse to fanatically remain glued or blinded by sectional or group interest at the expense of the well being of Nigeria. Unlike many double-speaking stomaticians (claiming to be politicians) Sanni is the only member of APC who have remained consistent by refusing to spare anyone, irrespective of party affiliations, when it comes to corruption and misconduct. El-rufai, Obj, IBB, Abdul Salam and even Buhari have never be spared by this great and courageous Nigerian.
    I totally agree with Senator Sanni that Nigeria has the three arms of corruption that must be confronted in order to liberate the masses from misrule, political oppression and poverty!

    • Truth is bitter

      What Bill has he sponsored in order to call a Spade a Spade? We are rejoicing in corruption ignorantly!

      • Omolaja nofiu

        Bros, you are the one who is ignorant here because you have not check up the facts and have not provided any either. Thanks

    • Wisdom Alpha

      You are speaking well!

  • Double speaking,what was he really saying,please senator be objective,you and your colleagues are corrupt to heaven,you have highjacked the changes we voted for pecuniary gains,may God forgive you all!.

    • Truth is bitter

      I’ve said it before that he is mentally deranged. He waffles. He is one of the thieves in National Assembly, what do you expect from him!

  • princegab

    Sani just woke up. Why not 1st read yesterday ‘s papers before embarking on this junk of yours.

  • dah

    It’s unfortunate only GOD can save Nigeria.

    • shadow

      Oh nooo. Nigeria is not a hopeless country. This God that is sovereign will use the same Nigerians to correct our ills. Just wait and see. He did that before, he’ll do it again. Checkout human history!

  • Ibukun Bandele

    Rule of law in my country of Nigeria? Shehu or whatever your name is, you must be living in fools paradise, yeye dey smell

  • Champ

    On point

  • Truth is bitter

    Mentally deranged, you again! None of the National thieves has condemned what our judiciary has done to this country, instead, all of you are supporting the juju-sharing as an accomplice to National Assembly of Rogues and criminals.

    • Ngozi

      When you have an illiterate as a king you get jungle justice. Absolute power intoxicate absolutely. People are losing their jobs, dying of hunger and unable to pay school fees. Yet they busy pursuing shadow and making efforts to divert our attention. How come you can’t prosecute Brutai, Amaechi, Abar Kari etc who have been confirmed to be criminals.

      • Truth is bitter

        Hatred and bitterness had made you guys not to be serious and objective in thoughts. You complained about illiteracy, hunger and loss of job, Buratai, Amechi, etc. How do they relate to the current problems? You just concentrated on the symptoms instead of identifying the disease which causes the symptoms. Your literate “KINGS” for the past 16yrs failed to establish institutions which can prevent jungle justice, hunger and loss of job, corruption, but they, instead, created institutions that would encourage a failed STATE.

        • bala

          don’t mind them mr. truth. if biafra is granted free state today as am talking tomorrow you see them breaking into pieces like southern SUDAN! BECOS THEY ARE ALL CROOKS.

          • Iniabasi Akpan

            And none of d breakings will b your headache.

      • bala

        from experience and history your kinsmen are the most illiterates we have on earth. If those you mentioned have not been prosecuted why don’t you ask your state chief judge to prosecute them. Nna. kedu

  • ayobamiba

    This comedy show is getting bizarre,
    we have had enough of all this corruption induced media dramatization ,frenzy and celebration of corruption in Nigeria. What has been going on could at best be regarded as half hearted feeble fondling with corruption. My take is that there is not yet a sincere national holistic manhunt for corruption such that can cause fear ,awe and deterrent against the acts of corruption. If buhari is fighting corruption and right under his nose,acts of corruption is been carried on with impunity, it means we are just been over dramatising and regaling ourselves in the frenzy of self defeating hypocrisy akin to abachas and objs fight against corruption. Let buhari develop a clear and unambiguous anticurruption road map bill and send to Nass on the real brutal war against corruption. Let a national emergency be declared against corrupt practices as a nation being invaded by external aggressive enemy must do to survive. Let a separate anti corruption agencies peopled by highly intelligent legal minds ,tried and proved incorruptible Nigerians ,who are passionately angry against corruption be immediately established in all the states of Nigeria.let d duration for every corruption case be nothing more than 18 months . let specialized anti corruption courts be set up like tribunals , and let them be fully independent from our normal judiciary. The corruption courts should be protected with ouster clauses to prevent the normal courts from intruding into the cases before them. let them have powers to summon and stripe even the President of his immunity once prima facie case of corrupt practice had been established against him after due diligence investigations by crack team of unbiased, untainted and uncompromising investigators. let both the anti corruption courts, agencies, etc be insulated from executive, legislative and judicial pandering /interference. let them be fully independent with full powers to arrest even the President if he puts himself into corrupt practices. the appeal arising from the tribunals shall go straight to the special anti corruption supreme court which shall be solely established for that purpose and which shall have equal and coordinate jurisdictions with the supreme court of Nigeria. all appeals to the anticorruption supreme court must be decided within 90 days. let total forfeiture of all life acquisitions and properties of a convicted corrupt persons, with death penalty be the punishment for corrupt practices. Also corruption must be defined to include wilful marginalization ,cheating or discrimination of any zone , citizens or part of Nigeria because of their tribe,faith,religion , ethnicity or political leaning in the discharge of government polices,appointments and sharing of political or government patronages in Nigeria. corruption war in Nigeria shall not be successful when the actions and inactions of authorities concerned are tainted with bias,nepotism, wilful malicious tendencies, discrimination against citizens based on tribe /religion, political inclinations and wilful circumventing of rules and laws etc. A corruption war that is not fought on clear and unambiguous transparent framework is bound to pull Nigerians twards tribal,ethnic ,religious and parochial narratives. Nigeria needs an anti corruption war that is all inclusive and encompassing and must not respect age,status,tribe,race,ethnicity, religion, political affiliations etc. Buhari should set up an anti corruption strong door where every Nigerian citizen who have held political office , government contractor,civil servants,trade unionists, pastors ,immams,business men who withheld their taxes etc since 1983 must have to pass through to justify his /her wealth without any discrimination or application of unorthodox manipulation . whosoever that got trapped in that door must pay the greatest prize for his /her corruption.If buhari can do this and enforce it to the letter, within 24 months,Nigeria shall be free of anything corruption. This is d way to go about this war and all patriotic citizens shall support it with burning passion. May God give our President more grace , wisdom and courage to follow this pathway. Making some scapegoats of corruption war is not in the overall interest of justice and fairness.

    This comedy show is getting bizarre,
    we have had enough of all this corruption induced media dramatization ,frenzy and celebration of corruption in Nigeria. What has been going on could at best be regarded as half hearted feeble fondling with corruption. My take is that there is not yet a sincere national holistic manhunt for corruption such that can cause fear ,awe and deterrent against the acts of corruption. If buhari is fighting corruption and right under his nose,acts of corruption is been carried on with impunity, it means we are just been over dramatising and regaling ourselves in the frenzy of self defeating hypocrisy akin to abachas and objs fight against corruption. Let buhari develop a clear and unambiguous anticurruption road map bill and send to Nass on the real brutal war against corruption. Let a national emergency be declared against corrupt practices as a nation being invaded by external aggressive enemy must do to survive. Let a separate anti corruption agencies peopled by highly intelligent legal minds ,tried and proved incorruptible Nigerians ,who are passionately angry against corruption be immediately established in all the states of Nigeria.let d duration for every corruption case be nothing more than 18 months . let specialized anti corruption courts be set up like tribunals , and let them be fully independent from our normal judiciary. The corruption courts should be protected with ouster clauses to prevent the normal courts from intruding into the cases before them. let them have powers to summon and stripe even the President of his immunity once prima facie case of corrupt practice had been established against him after due diligence investigations by crack team of unbiased, untainted and uncompromising investigators. let both the anti corruption courts, agencies, etc be insulated from executive, legislative and judicial pandering /interference. let them be fully independent with full powers to arrest even the President if he puts himself into corrupt practices. the appeal arising from the tribunals shall go straight to the special anti corruption supreme court which shall be solely established for that purpose and which shall have equal and coordinate jurisdictions with the supreme court of Nigeria. all appeals to the anticorruption supreme court must be decided within 90 days. let total forfeiture of all life acquisitions and properties of a convicted corrupt persons, with death penalty be the punishment for corrupt practices. Also corruption must be defined to include wilful marginalization ,cheating or discrimination of any zone , citizens or part of Nigeria because of their tribe,faith,religion , ethnicity or political leaning in the discharge of government polices,appointments and sharing of political or government patronages in Nigeria. corruption war in Nigeria shall not be successful when the actions and inactions of authorities concerned are tainted with bias,nepotism, wilful malicious tendencies, discrimination against citizens based on tribe /religion, political inclinations and wilful circumventing of rules and laws etc. A corruption war that is not fought on clear and unambiguous transparent framework is bound to pull Nigerians twards tribal,ethnic ,religious and parochial narratives. Nigeria needs an anti corruption war that is all inclusive and encompassing and must not respect age,status,tribe,race,ethnicity, religion, political affiliations etc. Buhari should set up an anti corruption strong door where every Nigerian citizen who have held political office , government contractor,civil servants,trade unionists, pastors ,immams,business men who withheld their taxes etc since 1983 must have to pass through to justify his /her wealth without any discrimination or application of unorthodox manipulation . whosoever that got trapped in that door must pay the greatest prize for his /her corruption.If buhari can do this and enforce it to the letter, within 24 months,Nigeria shall be free of anything corruption. This is d way to go about this war and all patriotic citizens shall support it with burning passion. May God give our President more grace , wisdom and courage to follow this pathway. Making some scapegoats of corruption war is not in the overall interest of justice and fairness.

    • bala

      You an Ibo man with strong connection with biafra agitators, the summary of your non-conclusive rhetorics is based on fear and insincerity. Full stop.

  • Jaspa Matanga

    Oga Sir your stand here is full of equivocations. You are neither here nor there. As our leader you must let us know where you stand. You are in a better position than us to know if DSS followed due processes of law in their actions. Why not find out and educate us accordingly instead of hedging you statement with, “if DSS followedthe rule of law ……” Please stop nebulous statements that confuse the masses. Emukate EL’ruffai and be bold enough to tell it as it is.

  • me

    Hahahahaha Judges are talking of rule of law. how will Judges give order arrest to arrest other Judges without telling that DSS are coming get ready so no evidence will be found on you.