Judges’ arrest: NJC meeting to continue Wednesday

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed; Photo: Mahmud Mohammed
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed; Photo: Mahmud Mohammed

The emergency meeting of the National Judicial Council called over the arrest of seven judges by operatives of the State Security Service will continue on Wednesday.

The meeting began on Tuesday, at midday and lasted till evening.

Journalists had gathered intermittently around the NJC office, venue of the meeting in an effort to get details of its outcome.

Security operatives however ensured that the crowd of journalists were not allowed close to the venue.

The NJC had called the meeting to discuss the arrest of the judges by the SSS, after the judges’ homes were raided between Friday night and Saturday morning.

The raid has drawn disparate comments from Nigerians across the nation and beyond.

While the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said it was in line with the process of investigation, the National Assembly on Tuesday described it as an abuse of the law setting up the SSS.

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  • Sean

    NJC is an assembly of thieves, rogues with the old dubious Fed Chief Justice. CJN is a looter and a fraudster, he must resign after this socalled meeting. Now we know why Gej couldn’t do anything because corruption ate the 3 arms of the govt but decided to join them.

    • 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.”


      (October 11th, 2016)