NJC formally replies SSS, says arrest of judges “denigration of judiciary”

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

The National judicial Council has officially reacted to the raid at judges’ residences by operatives of the State security Service over the weekend, describing the operation as the height of impunity.

In a statement after its two-day meeting Thursday, the NJC condemned the operation as an attempt to intimidate the judiciary.

It denied shielding corrupt judges, and provided details of exchanges it had with the SSS regarding corruption in the judiciary.

The council said it will not allow the independence of the judiciary, or its impartiality to be mocked by the SSS or any arm of government.

Read its full statement below:



At its last Emergency Meeting which was held on 11thOctober, 2016, Council decided among other matters, as follows:

  1. That the National Judicial Council is a creation, by virtue of Section 153 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, with its powers specified in Paragraph 21 of Part One of the Third Schedule whereof.
  2. That by virtue of Section 160 of the 1999 Constitution, Council fashioned out:
  3. i) Judicial Discipline Regulations;
  4. ii)            Revised NJC Guidelines and Procedural Rules for the   Appointment of Judicial Officers of all Superior Courts of Record;

iii)           Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and

  1.      iv)    National Judicial Policy

to inter-alia, regulate its own procedure while exercising its Constitutional Powers.

  1. That Section 158 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, has unequivocally provided for the independence of the National Judicial Council vis-à-vis directing or controlling it by any authority or person while exercising its powers.
  2. Reiterated its absolute confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari Administration and its unwavering determination to uphold the Principles of Democracy, Separation of Powers and the Rule of Law enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended and the United Nations Charter, which Nigeria is a Member.
  3. That it shall continue to support the President Buhari Administration in its fight against corruption in all its ramifications in the Federation; and in cleansing the Judiciary of corrupt Judicial Officers.
  4. However, expresses its grave concern on the recent invasion of the Residences and arrest of some serving and suspended Judicial Officers by the Department of State Services (“DSS”); and condemned the action in its entirety.
  5. Viewed the action as a threat to the Independence of the Judiciary, which portends great danger to our democracy; and also considered the action as a clear attempt by the DSS to humiliate, intimidate, denigrate and cow the Judiciary.



The Public is aware that Hon. Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, was arrested after his House was invaded by heavily armed and masked operatives of the Department of States Security on Friday 7th October, 2016. The operatives did not leave his house until 12.00 noon of the following day, when he was whisked away to the (“DSS”) office.


The Residence of Hon. Justice Inyang Okoro, a Justice of Supreme Court of Nigeria, was raided in the same manner and was arrested by the same operatives of the DSS.

Contrary to the claim by the DSS and as published in the electronic and print media, Council has never received any petition against the aforesaid Judicial Officers: Hon. Justices Ngwuta and Okoro of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, by the DSS.


At its Meeting which was held on 29th September, 2016, Council had found His Lordship culpable of professional misconduct contrary to Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the provisions of Section 292 of 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria. Accordingly, he was recommended to Mr President for compulsory retirement from office following the petition written by one Mr Nnamdi Iro Oji for demanding the sum of N200,000,000.00 (Two Hundred Million Naira) bribe.  It is to be stressed that from the evidence before the Council, Hon. Justice Ladan Tsamiya did not receive N200m bribe.  The Petitioner adduced evidence to support his allegation that Hon. Justice Tsamiya only demanded for the money.

In the exercise of its power, Council had suspended Justice Tsamiya from office, pending when the President will act on the recommendation. And Mr. President has approved the recommendation of the Council and compulsorily retired His Lordship from office yesterday, the 12th day of October, 2016.


Hon. Justice I. A. Umezulike, OFR, Chief Judge, Enugu State, was recommended for compulsory retirement from office to Enugu State Governor for gross misconduct, pursuant to the petition written against him by Mr. Peter Eze.

In the meantime, National Judicial Council has suspended His Lordship from office pending when the Governor of Enugu State will act on its recommendation.


Hon. Justice A. F. A. Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division has been petitioned by Hon. Jenkins Duviegiane Gwebe on allegations bordering on corrupt practices.

Currently, a Committee of the Council is investigating the allegations.

There is no other petition against Hon. Justice Ademola from DSS pending at the National Judicial Council.


Hon. Justice Kabiru Auta was investigated by Council based on allegations of corrupt practices levelled against him in a petition forwarded to Council by one Alhaji Kabiru Yakassai. His Lordship was recommended to the Governor of Kano State for removal from office by dismissal.  Council wrote separately to the AIG Kano Zone 1, for Police to prosecute Hon. Justice Auta.

Council has suspended His Lordship from office pending when the Governor will act on its recommendation.


The DSS petitioned the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council alleging corrupt practices against Hon. Justice Pindiga, inter-alia:-

“i)           That the Hon. Judge in a bid to illegally enrich himself, perfected plans through third party proxies/conduits, with a view to influencing the outcome of the Election Tribunal in the governorship polls in favour of the incumbent Governor Nyesom Wike.

  1. ii)           That further ongoing discreet investigation, Justice Pindiga is observed to have illegally enriched himself through corrupt means. Part of the illegitimate proceeds suspected to have accrued to Pindiga includes the underlisted:
  2. a)            Two (2) completed blocks of six (6) units 2 bedroom flats in Federal Low Cost Estate in Gombe metropolis;
  3. b)            Four (4) units of bungalow in another part of the Estate;
  4. c)            An uncompleted property at GRA in Gombe Metropolis;
  5. d)            a Mercedes Benz C300 car in the name of MUBAJJAL;
  6. e)            A Toyota Venza-Model SUV.

 iii)         From all indications, it is apparent that Pindiga, who is a very Senior Justice in Gombe State, is highly corrupt. His continuous stay as a Justice in any capacity would likely embarrass the current administration and pervert the cause of justice. In view of the foregoing, it is strongly advised that immediate necessary administrative and judicial measures be taken on him, including appropriate sanctions and trial to set a precedent to others of his like”.

The complaint containing the allegations of corrupt practices against the Hon. Judge were conveyed in a letter Ref No. DGSS71/3161 and dated 26th February, 2016, written by the DSS to the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council.  The petition was not supported by a verifying affidavit deposed to by the DSS, as required by the National Judicial Council Discipline Regulations 2014. The Petition should have been disregarded for non-compliance with the National Judicial Council Regulations, but by letter Ref. No. NJC/S.15/HC.GM/5/1/128 dated 19th April, 2016, the DSS was notified and requested to comply and to depose to a verifying affidavit in support of the allegations of corrupt practices levelled against the Hon. Judge.

By letter Ref No. LSD.232/4/68 dated 6th May, 2016, to the Council, the DSS deposed to a verifying affidavit in respect of the allegations against Justice Pindiga.

On the directive of the Council, Hon. Justice Mu’azu Pindiga responded to the allegations against him by DSS.  Thereafter, a Committee comprising Members of the Council investigated the allegations of corrupt practices.

Both Parties – The DSS and Hon. Justice Mu’azu Pindiga, together with their witnesses and counsel appeared before the Panel set up by Council in compliance with the National Judicial Discipline Regulations and Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, on the Right to Fair Hearing.

The DSS was represented by a Director, S. U. Gambo, Esq. who is also a Legal Practitioner in the Department and Hon Justice Pindiga was represented by Joe Agi, SAN.

At the end of the investigation, the DSS could not substantiate any of the allegations of corrupt practices either by documentary or oral evidence against the Hon. Justice Pindiga.

Consequently, at its Meeting of 15th July, 2016, Council decided to exonerate Hon. Justice Pindiga of the allegations of corrupt practices levelled against him by DSS.

The Council’s decision was conveyed to Hon. Justice Pindiga in a letter Ref. No. NJC/HC.GM/5/1/132 of 9thAugust, 2016 and copied the DSS.


Council is aware that DSS had written a complaint alleging corrupt practices and professional misconduct against Hon. Justice Dimgba by a letter Ref. No. LSD.158/2/31 dated 5th August, 2016.

At its Meeting of 29th September, 2016, Council constituted a Fact Finding Committee comprising its Members to investigate the allegation.

During the last Emergency Meeting of the Council, it received a Report from Hon. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba that his Residence was also raided and ransacked; and in the process, his nephew and driver were man-handled, using a wrong search warrant which was not meant for the search of his house.

The Committee has commenced the process of investigating the allegations before the recent unfortunate raid and search of Hon.  Justice Dimgba’s Residence.

  1. Council meticulously considered the entire unfolding events that led to the arrest of the Judicial Officers and the misinformation and disinformation making rounds in both Electronic and Print Media that the DSS acted thus because the National Judicial Council was shielding the Judicial Officers from investigation and prosecution for corrupt practices and professional misconduct.
  2. Council noted particularly, that from the available records, the DSS forwarded only two(2 no.) separate complaints containing allegations of Corrupt Practices against Hon. Justice Pindiga; and corrupt practices and professional misconduct against Hon. Justice Dimgba.
  3. The impression created and widely circulated before the public, that the DSS forwarded a number of petitions containing various allegations of corrupt practices and professional misconduct against some Judicial Officers to the Council, and they were not investigated, is not correct.  The Council urges the DSS to make public the particulars of such petitions to put the records straight.
  4. Given the above background facts, on behalf of the Judiciary, Council is constrained to inform the general public that all petitions and complaints forwarded against Judicial Officers bordering on corrupt practices and professional misconduct, have been attended to and investigated, where applicable, by Council since year 2000 to date, within the powers conferred on it by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
  5. Therefore, any Judicial Officer that was reprimanded by Council or recommended for removal from office by compulsory retirement or dismissal to the President or Governor, was done in compliance with the Constitutional power, Rule of Law and Due Process.
  6. From year 2000, when the National Judicial Council held its inaugural Meeting to 2016, 1808 petitions and complaints against Judicial Officers, including Chief Justices of Nigeria, Justices of Supreme Court and Court of Appeal were received by the respective Honourable, the Chief Justices of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council.  Eighty-two (82 No.) of the Judicial Officers were reprimanded (suspension, caution or warning), by Council, in the exercise of its exclusive Constitutional Disciplinary power over Judicial Officers. Thirty-eight (38 No.) of the Judicial Officers were recommended to the President or Governor where applicable, for compulsory retirement from office; while twelve (12 No.) were recommended to the President or Governor as the case may be, for dismissal from office.

In conclusion, Council wishes to state as follows:-


1)                  That it maintains its earlier decision that no Judicial Officer shall be invited by any Institution including the DSS, without complying with the Rule of Law and Due Process.  That explains why when the DSS wrote to the Council by letter Ref. No. LSC.960/4 dated 14th September, 2016, to direct Hon. Justice Mu’azu Pindiga to appear before it, The Hon. The Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council directed the Hon. Chief Judge of Gombe State to ask Hon. Justice Mu’azu Pindiga to report to DSS, which His Lordship did.

2)                  That the National Judicial Council has never shielded nor will it shield any Judicial Officer who has committed any misconduct.

3)            That the Department of State Services is an Agency in the Presidency and its functions as specified in the statute establishing it, is primarily concerned with the internal security of the Country.

4)            That the action of the DSS is a denigration of the entire Judiciary, as an institution.

5)            That by the act of the DSS, Judicial Officers are now being subjected to insecurity, as criminals might take advantage of the recent incidents to invade their residences under the guise of being security agents.

6)            The Council vehemently denounces a situation whereby the Psyche of Judicial Officers in the Federation is subjected to a level where they would be afraid to discharge their Constitutional judicial functions, without fear or favour, intimidation, victimization or suppression.

7)            The Council will not compromise the integrity and impartiality of the Judiciary.

8)            The Council wishes to reassure the public that any person who has a genuine complaint against any Judicial Officer is at liberty to bring it up to the Council for consideration, after following due process vide its Judicial Discipline Regulations.

9)            At the end of the Meeting, Council unanimously agreed to recommend Hon. Justice W. S. N. Onnoghen, CFR, as the most senior, suitable and competent Justice of the Supreme Court to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for appointment as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria to succeed Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed GCON who retires from office on 10th November, 2016.

Soji Oye, Esq

Ag. Director (Information)


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  • musa aliyu

    Total waste of time, reading this trash. Using their usual abracadabra to upturn justice. This shows it’s those who make returns that were touched. Let them return our money joo!

    • ooesquire


      Nigerians are all sick and tired of heinous corruption in the courts of law.
      Over 90% of Judges are living above their means. Judges earn civil service
      salary and yet, send children to school abroad at 450 Naira to a dollar, own
      most expensive plots of land in Abuja and Victoria Island, and eat 3-course
      lunch at 4-star hotels.

      Since the year 2000,
      the slow-thinking National Judicial Council has received 1808 petitions against
      corrupt Judges in Nigeria but only suspended or recommended 82 Judges for
      dismissal. And now the the National Judicial Council expects to be praised and
      respected for determining that only 4.5% of all the corruption cases referred
      to it are true when, to the contrary, the society is badly choking under the bad
      smells of corruption oozing out of Nigeria’s highly corrupt courts.

    • Conerned Nigerian

      Why do you read FACTS and make comments with SENTIMENTS? When We young Nigerians keep on living on SENTIMENTS and make bias comments, then, we are in trouble!

    • Odion



    • Customer Satisfaction

      believe what you want…BUZU… Everybody will act according to the Constitution including Buhari

  • abdul dull daura

    Intelligent men. Not the one without a certificate. Always carrying AK47. Always at war with everything. Shameless!!!!

    • Mufu Ola

      What exactly are u saying?Proof your own intelligence too.

      • abdul dull daura

        How will you understand?

      • abdul dull daura

        How will you understand?

      • abdul dull daura

        How will you understand?

      • abdul dull daura

        How will you ever understand?

  • James Ojapa

    What a shameful way to bow out as CJN. The only thing this statement does is to vindicate the DSS. Mahmud knew the DSS were investigating ngwuta and okoro- that was why he sold the kogi judgement to APC hoping that that will pacify them to let his cronies off the hook. Shameless old man. Your grave shall be very hot.

    • Public Record

      No denigration of a rottenly corrupt Judiciary has occurred

      “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)

      • Solicitor & Advocate

        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.

        • Uncle Ben

          @disqus_XU7l5Bu6Ch:disqus : It is so bad there is no honesty in Nigerian government because judiciary too is part of government. The way things are going, one day, some angry youths will take cutlass and sticks inside the courts and beat up Registrar, lawyers and the Judges. I am saying this because in Ughelli, Delta state, it has started happening. Since three years ago, not less than four High Court Judges were
          kidnapped in Ughelli. They were put inside the boot of their car and taken to one big forest. The youths did this kidnapping. The youths flogged the hell out of the Judges, slapped them all around,
          and made the Judges go naked. Very soon, the youths in other states will start to do likewise.

      • Shehu Monguno

        The SSS should not just say. the SSS should provide proof to the relevant agency

        • Profy

          how will they provide proof if they dont carry out this kind of operation.

          • Bitter Truth

            Wearing mask and armed at mid night, Can’t they carry out the operation in the day? Finally are the DSS expert in counting money to quickly mention amount of money recovered at midnight in billions of Dollars and Naira?
            I think the DSS is helping Buhari to destroy Nigeria the more undermining important economic issues. May be before the end of Judiciary drama, naira will go up to a thousand to a dollar. The Sarakigate and Dazukigate steped up naira from two hundred to five hundred per dollar. “WHEN THERE IS NO PEACE, THERE CAN NEVER BE ANY MEANINGFUL PROGRESS”

          • Profy

            Do u know whether their is intelligence report that the money was moved in d night. U think this thief sleep in the night. They actually do all their dirty deals in d night. If u don’t know… Understand Dat 2day.

      • Kyzito Dakyen

        Good. So, now that the NJC has issued a statement on the outcome of its ‘statutory responsibility’ in relation to investigating and disciplining the judicial officers, which in my opinion tactically exonerated almost all the said judges arrested, we expect nothing but the immediate commencement of their arraignment, prosecution and subsequent conviction .
        The investigation of an alleged crime against a judicial officer is not the executive reserved of the NJC, but anything short of a conviction in the instance case, In the light of the alleged evidence being bragged about, would surely leave the impression that the DSS’ prime motive in the October 11 raid was principally to intimidate, cowed and embarrass the judiciary as an arm of government, without more.

    • Customer Satisfaction

      you are a dunce!

      • James Ojapa

        Like the shameless CJN!

        • Customer Satisfaction

          No! like your father

  • vagabonds in power


    • iwe paul

      Are you alright?

  • Man_Enough

    The National judicial Council has premised their conclusions, albeit mischievously, on a fallacy that crime committed by a judge and by extension a criminal judge is one and same with the body of jurists known as the judiciary. By so doing they have unwittingly alluded to a shameful reality that Nigerian judiciary is synonymous with corruption. Corruption and other
    crimes against society is not part of the duties of the judge. Therefore claiming that they support the President Buhari Administration in its fight against corruption in all its ramifications, becomes a mere lip service. When members of the executive commit crime, a judge will sentence him to imprisonment or any other punishment he decides but we do not call that intimidation of the executive. When the national assembly arm-twists the executive to abandon it plans or refuse to pass recommendations from the executive we do not say that executive is being intimidated.

  • George

    SO a judges in Nigeria cannot even own ordinary the followings;

    Two (2) completed blocks of six (6) units 2 bedroom flats in Federal Low Cost Estate in Gombe metropolis;
    b) Four (4) units of bungalow in another part of the Estate;
    c) An uncompleted property at GRA in Gombe Metropolis;
    d) a Mercedes Benz C300 car in the name of MUBAJJAL;
    e) A Toyota Venza-Model SUV.

    How much is the second hand cars mentioned here.

    In all sincerity are they saying a common police officers working in anti fraud unit or EFCC Ribadu don’t have more than this.

    This is just silly defamatory to the judges for God sake.

    How much Mike Okiro and Ribadu even Lamido last EFCC chairman has


    • Arabakpura

      If they want to own those, they should change profession!

      • iwe paul

        So you truly believe a judge cannot own those properties listed above? Seriously?? Please,read those properties again,unless you are saying a judge cannot own property. I am really amazed.

        • Arabakpura

          Your amazement is truly befuddling! Late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa will be turning this minute in his grave!

  • Olanipèkun

    It is tyrannical, dictatorial and smacks of militarism when you start accusing lawyers who defend people. You cannot have democracy without free speech and people having access to courts. You cannot be the accuser, the lawyer and the judge. They say lawyers and judges delay the prosecution of looters, then if they have already been adjudged looters by EFCC and DSS, don’t prosecute them. It is only a court of law that can come to the conclusion that someone has looted the treasury after evidence has been produced.

    I believe in anti-corruption, you know, I said earlier that woe betide anybody who has looted the treasury or any person who uses his position to amass wealth. But when you keep on describing Nigeria as a country that is corrupt, investors will stay off. And if you know some judges are corrupt, deal with them, but don’t go to another country to say that the judiciary in your country is corrupt; nobody will come there because it is about investment and the rule of law.

    And when you talk of corruption among lawyers, who are the people? It takes two to tango. Let every politician in Nigeria swear by the god of thunder that he has not tried to induce a judge including Buhari himself.

    Let the President take a cue from the United States President, Barack Obama. George W. Bush squandered American funds on the Gulf War as President of the US because he wanted Saddam Hussein by all means –dead or alive- after the September 11 attack. The economy of the US was comatose when Obama took over, but did you hear him say any bad thing about Bush? He had his own agenda. He started issuing presidential orders and proclamations and within two or three years, the economy was revived without him condemning anybody. Not in Nigeria of the Apes in APC sha!!

  • MINT65

    The DSS acted on behalf of the voiceless who have been victims of perversion of justice. The NJC has shown that it is like a coterie of crooks whose only purpose is to protect the crooks in their midst. I urge the DSS to release more information on this crooks including their accounts home and abroad. They can not continue to intimidate society with their positions while amassing illicit wealth from the JUDICIAL MARKET they conduct.

    • Peter_Edo


    • Shehu Monguno

      Breaking thew law is equally corruption. Breaking the law by an agency of government is the worst form of corruption. It is like stealing and sharing to the poor. The person remains a thief

      • Profy

        tell me which law have they broken. Just mention one law and lets check the constitution and see wether ur assertion is true. I hope u know the meaning of investigation, evidence, petition and prosecution.

      • Muhammad Bello Sabiu

        Monguno ! you must help answer the following question, i ncannot afford to allow you contin ue to run out of ideas…….
        First, are judicial officers in Nigeria immune from the criminal justice system?;
        Second, is it mandatory for security agencies to seek the consent/intervention of the National Judicial Council (NJC) before investigating, arresting, detaining or prosecuting a judicial officer over alleged crimes?;
        Three, did the SSS act within its statutory powers and acceptable legal procedures?
        Four, is evidence that is obtained illegally admissible in law?

        • Shehu Monguno

          Muhammad, I have not read anywhere where anyone said the judges have immunity, I also have also not read anywhere where anyone said corruption within the judiciary should not be fought.

          The NJC consist of judicial officers at the highest level whose courts these cases will be brought too. The last I know is the judiciary is the only body under the Nigerian constitution that is legally allowed to interpret laws

          The Bench via the NJC the only body constitutionally allowed to interpret laws said the SSS acted outside its bounds the NJC has constitutional powers to sanction judges before any criminal prosecution. This I will run with because even if the case goes to court that will be the judgement

  • Chinedu

    I make bold to say that Malami has failed in his office as attorney general. His brazen defence for this arrest and assault on judiciary cannot be distanced from his failures to Install his principal in the former elections they participated in. And for my compatriots,proving a case is not a tea party. The presentation of NJC is totally factual and you are the ultimate beneficiaries of this stand. If it goes otherwise, a policeman, LASMA officer VIO officer, NSCD officer will chase you brake down your door and arrest you for either a real,imagined,or fabricated offence. This is why there must be due process. No system is perfect and I think NJC has done well within the circumstances in Nigeria.

    • Peter_Edo

      abeg go baff… nor forget to use soap!

      • iwe paul

        You need to bath also.

  • vagabonds in power


    *Invaded house not mine.

    *DSS bungled missed target.

    *Made up mind to quit the profession.

    I believe most of the members heard or read about the reported raid in PortHarcourt and my name has been mentioned as the judge in whose house $2m dollars was stashed. Since yesterday this story has been on the headlines and captions on most social media platforms. The truth is that all that you’ve read is more of misinformation and disinformation; substantially untrue account.

    The truth is that we live as neighbors to the DSS,their address is 35 and mine is 33.That night the DSS came to house 34 where they wanted to search but they were refused entry and later Gov. Wike was said to have come and engaged the security outfit in a near physical struggle,as the report suggested.

    I wouldn’t have known of the incidence if my neighbor in house 34 had not called me to inform me of the presence of strange people at her gate .All this while the melee lasted to around 4:00a.m.,I was in my house monitoring the events, and remained indoors until later in the day when I felt it was no longer safe for me to continue to remain.

    However I feel distressed that the DSS indirectly claimed they have evidence I stashed $2m, and when contacted I employed thugs and with Governor Wike to obstruct them from carrying out the search and that I later transferred the money to an unknown place.I do not think I need to refute this allegation because it would only make sense if they had actually targeted my house for the search.The truth is that due to their incompetence they bungled the operation and are desperately searching for alibi to save their heads.Unfortunately I have found myself in the middle of a dirty politics between Wike and the Federal Government and perhaps my notoriety for delivering controversial judgements; because the cases are also controversial and the stakes probably very high.

    I’m not asking anybody to believe or disbelieve whether I stashed $2m, an amount that is equivalent to about N1b. Perhaps you might think the DSS probably exaggerated the amount, but all these would have been relevant considerations if they had actually searched my house.If I had $2m or even a quarter of it I would have abandoned this horrible profession that has lost its dignity.In fact I have already lost interest in it and have made up my mind to say bye bye to it.I believe there is a life beyond every other thing.

    ~ Hon Justice Liman.

    • Rommel

      With $2 million,a criminal judge like this justice Liman will maintain a fleet of homes

      • Rosebud

        You all should be ashamed of yourselves. May people accuse you all unjustly and without evidence the way you’ve done to others. Shame on you all!

    • Profy

      he should have allowed them to enter the house first . this is after thought. Nobody will believe him. If he has no skeleton in his cupboard…he should have allow dss to raid the house and let see wether $2M dollar is not in that house.


      We implore Justice Liman to make himself available to the DSS. After all, there is a saying that clear conscience fear no accusation.

    • Bunduma Mohammed

      The useless judge should keep quite

      • Customer Satisfaction

        Its Mohammed that is useless

    • Uzoma John

      Liman is Wike’s stooge. Who is he to speak. Bribe givers and takers.

  • Perfect

    Story!!! Well packaged.

  • Kitunde

    The damage to the judiciary was done long ago by the corrupt, criminal actions of a lot of of your members. It was common knowledge that judges were receiving bribes here and there, even kids knew.

    There were so many curious Judgements and pronouncements too many to mention here. So the ‘denigration’ started with you people. No amount of grammar or tantrums can wipe that away-You all had it coming.

    • Rosebud

      And what exactly have you said? Curious judgements for who? Common knowledge to who or what? You can’t come here to spew heresay and expect people to take you seriously, do you even live in the country? You’re exactly what the erudite Egoigwe calls a universal orphan. Come home and stop mouthing off abroad. It’s always easy to run down your country from a distance, come home and help build a better country.

  • Rommel

    For now,the DSS is the only agency that protects the dignity of Nigeria,others are bodies that protect themselves and what they can get out of the country,these unpatriotic professional bodies would have to choose if they are for us or against us,for years,they held sway in the courts by selling court orders and perverting justice while smiling to their banks

    • Rosebud

      Bring forth your evidence or forever hold your breathe.

  • hummm

    PMB should get rid of the CJN as well. He is a waste of space that shields corruption in the judiciary. I will not be surprised if he get inplicated in a corruption scandal as well. Let heads continue to roll.

  • Profy

    This Justice are shameful. First and foremost no judge has immunity. Even where their is immunity they can be investigated.
    what DSS has done is part of investigation. Let us even assume no petition was sent to NJC before now. How will DSS or EFCC get an evidence when they send petition to NJC if they dont carry out this operation. With this DSS operation and investigation of the judges banks account and call log monitoring. The DSS can now forward a petition to NJC and backed it up with enough evidence.
    The reason why previous petition always failed is that their is no enough evidence to nail this judges and that is why NJC always acquaint and discharge them. NJC should allow law enforcement to carry out their investigation before requesting for petitions. Sting operation is part of investigation all over the world.

    • iwe paul

      Yes,no one has immunity from prosecution,and I don’t think the NJC was in anyway suggesting that. The problems we have is the DSS and POLICE who are experts in messing up investigations due to their own greed and hopeless investigational procedures that at the end cannot produce any credible evidence to convict anyone. Detective and investigational work demands very high passion,consistency and superb intellectual input and intelligence of the individual. You catch the thief and nail him with evidence even a toddler cannot controvert. What we see here in Nigeria is braggadocio my these agencies of Government by half intelligent people who don’t have the patience and diligence to carry out pain- staking investigations that ultimately nails the suspect. It’s not easy,I must admit,but I will never fall into the trap to think or believe that those hunting for corrupt people are saints themselves. Just look into any average police station in Nigeria,and tell me what kind of investigations and detective work goes on in such an environment. Many times in my country,as sad as this is,the people looking for corrupt people are the ones themselves that should be sought for. Media trial never moves me,but evidence does.

    • Customer Satisfaction

      y dont you remove prof and leave y in your name…BUZU

      • Profy

        another baby factory product. You only worth 20k …1 bag of rice.

        • Rosebud

          Do you traffic in babies? How do you know what they’re worth? Pedophile!

  • Sincere-Voice

    This stories by the NJC is not acceptable. Judge can be investigated at anytime. No judge is above the law. Nigerians have been taken for ride a long time. Why is the NJC peeved that it’s the Dss that came for the arrest of these corrupt judges and not the police?
    Nigerians are in support of the arrest and will fight the NJC if need be.

    • iwe paul

      Honestly,did you really read the whole story?

      • Rosebud

        Of course he didn’t! Can’t you see how intellectually challenged he is. He’s just another dimwit wanting to BE and make a clown of himself on PT.

      • Customer Satisfaction

        No allow him…the Nigerian 1999 Constitution recognizes him as its interpreter.

      • Sincere-Voice

        Yes, I did. After reading the report, I find it difficult to take it that because the major reason of the Dss is to fight internal security means they can’t be called upon to effect the arrest of those that are drawing the country backwards.
        And I not comfortable with the fact that a judge can’t be investigated and arrested except through NJC. Judges are like doctors and teachers that don’t enjoy immunity. So therefore, they can be investigated and arrested at anytime.
        The NJC have a lots of clarification to make because for years, our judiciary system have been suffering from corruption and impunity and we have not seen the NJC do anything significant about it.

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    NJC or Council of Criminals should know that Nigerians are tired of excuses. The NJC have no power to investigate criminal act and the Executive have to investigate and get compelling fact before filling for what the NJC would do. Nigerian are tired and frustrated with huge corruption and would support Buhari to deal with this problem even if include arresting the Chief Judge of Nigeria. NJC should be disbanded if they continue this path of supporting impunity. Carry go PMB

    • Rosebud

      Which Nigerians? Which excuses? When fools speak even the deaf run for cover.

    • Customer Satisfaction

      You are now officially recognized as the authentic interpreter of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution> BUZU

  • Cleartruth

    I told the gullible yoruba e-rats to stop jumping up and down in support of the dss until they hear from the order side because the dss has an antecedent of telling lies.
    It’s very clear now that the daura dss is full of men with mob mentality without regard to rule of law and due process. The council has challenged them to make public documentary evidences backing their claims.

  • Sir Louis

    The NJC should purge itself of corruption as the Nigerian society is striving to do or else, worse experiences would befall thieving judges and Lawyers.

    • Customer Satisfaction

      we have seen your opinion, you can now go to sleep.

      • Rosebud

        No, he can now grow up. If he goes to sleep, who’s there to change his pampers?

        • Sir Louis

          Rosebud, you are a flower or something in that category, clearly not human.

      • Sir Louis

        To you, RIP.

  • Uzoma John

    We can see how these judges are beating about the bush. Is that the level of reasoning of our judges? The NJC wants to do the work of the executive (police/dss) and theirs. Where is the separation of powers they are talking about? DSS never adjudged the corrupt judges guilty but carried out investigation and got both arrest and search warrant from a competent court before going after the judges. We can now see the arm of Govt who wants to usurp both judicial and executive powers. NJC is creating immunity for judges which alien to out constitution and legal system. The Act that created NJC is not superior to the Act that created DSS, Police and our constitution. Rogues

    • Rosebud

      Read what was said and reported instead of making a complete monkey of yourself.

      • Uzoma John

        Who is this scumbag?

  • tundemash

    According to the corrupt CJN and NJC,

    From year 2000, when the National Judicial Council held its inaugural Meeting to 2016, 1808 petitions and complaints against Judicial Officers, including Chief Justices of Nigeria, Justices of Supreme Court and Court of Appeal were received by the respective Honourable, the Chief Justices of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council. Eighty-two (82 No.) of the Judicial Officers were reprimanded (suspension, caution or warning), by Council, in the exercise of its exclusive Constitutional Disciplinary power over Judicial Officers. Thirty-eight (38 No.) of the Judicial Officers were recommended to the President or Governor where applicable, for compulsory retirement from office; while twelve (12 No.) were recommended to the President or Governor as the case may be, for dismissal from office.

    So none of the rogue judges was prosecuted ??????? What a load of trash! And yet these cl0wns will sit in judgement over other Nigerians who merely committed lesser offences ?

    • Rosebud

      Meaning what? How many dss officials has dss arrested? How many EFCC officials has EFCC prosecuted? Has Abba Kyari been arrested or prosecuted by the Presidency? Has the Army arrested Buratai? NASS nko? Has Ambode prosecuted Fast Fashola? Who pronounced our eminent jurists rogues? You?

      • tundemash

        What a stup1d way to defend corruption ? You sound like an armed robber claiming how many policemen have been arrested for colluding with armed robbers .

  • Comfortkay

    The NJC is a huge joke, what the DSS are doing now was to have been done 5 years ago but Alas PDP was in power and it is clear how they turned Nigeria to Corruption Unlimited.
    All these judges should be fired and those in their rangs that are under investigation should be removed from office.

    • Rosebud

      Sis, calm down, blanket accusations like general punishment is unjust and unfair to the innocent. Why do you think dss is holier than thou?

  • Patrick

    NJC by this statement have justified the new for urgent surgical intervention by DSS?If in 16 years only 122 cases were disposed of out of 1808,then there is serious cause for concern.Nigerians must cry out.A Judge could be petitioned and his case never heard till he retires.
    I suggest an experienced, honest lawyer outside the Judiciary should be appointed as CJN TO CLEAN UP THIS MESS.

    • Gabriel

      This Patrick guy is a moron;corruption or no corruption each agency of government should stick to their assigned legal responsibility. Intelligence agency arresting judges very funny. What’s EFCC’s job? This is why we have bomb blasts, oil pipe lines are been blown up. A country where agencies of govt abandon their primary functions In search of something else. Confused people, confused presidency, confused agencies. Shameful!