Nigerian lawyers meet Attorney General over raid on judges

SSS operatives
SSS operatives

A meeting between present and former leaders of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and some of his predecessors in the office is underway at the NBA House, Abuja.

The meeting, which began on Thursday morning, is part of steps by the judiciary to address issues arising from the arrest of judges over the weekend by the State Security Service.

The SSS arrested seven judges between Friday night and Saturday morning, sparking disparate reactions from across the country and beyond.

The judges arrested include Sylvester Nguta and John Okoro of the Supreme Court and Adeniyi Ademola, a Federal High Court judge in Abuja.

Others are Kabiru Auta, from Kano; Innocent Umezulike, a former Chief judge in Enugu, Mohammed Tsamiya, from Kano state and Muazu Pindiga from Gombe State.

The SSS said the raids were a normal part of investigation process triggered by reports of alleged fraud involving the judges.

The NBA, in an initial reaction, had condemned the arrests and called for a boycott of courts, in solidarity with the arrested judges.

The Nigerian Judicial Council, which is the organ responsible for the appointment and discipline of judges, held a two-day meeting from Tuesday to discuss the issue, but is yet to make public its resolutions on the development.


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  • solomon olushola

    Meeting them for what?. NBA is never on the same page with Nigerians to eradicate corruption in Nigeria, infact,they have turned themselves into a cult. they are the one delaying criminal cases in court, and responsible for the bribing of judges.

    • kinsly

      Gbam! Nothing to add.

    • James Ojapa

      End of discussion

    • FEMI A USA

      Their acts have disgrace the dirty 7. They are the same bed fellow. ATM in some judges homes Chai.

  • SAM .A

    Nigerian Lawyers should go and sit down and mourn the blow or severe of umbilical cord between them and those notorious judges, Is Tata not a lawyer , is he not a SAN , he had a case before Yinusa , he was always crawling at night to grease his palm , NBA was not in the country when, this and many others happened . Nigerian Lawyers should first and foremost go and fish out the rotten members in their body , before they will have the got to plead for any body . They should look for the 5 SANs that mediated Halliburton corruption , their members who aided and abetted Panama Paper corruption , offshore accounts of Nigeria Elite robbers .When ever there is a case of corruption in court , their SANs will carry a trailer loads of SANs to go and defend the corrupt man . They should bury their head in shame , especially the executive of their union.

    • Sir Louis

      Very well said. The average Nigerian SAN is a cheap commodity because of money. Imagine how they gather themselves in hundreds to appear in Court just for one thiefing politician. PMB should really sanitize Nigeria by cutting them to size.

      • SAM .A

        Thank you .

  • Bright Henry

    Malami please walk away from that meeting if they tell u nonsense.

  • raji

    After vomiting nonsense, what are they meeting AGF for.

  • Dualpolemedia

    The only voice I have is for justice, and ds only voice I give to DSS to rid our judiciary off corrupt judges and lawyers. Malami & Daura on ds course shall u continue.

  • Arabakpura

    The appointment to SAN equates to elevation to corruption!

  • sammyctu ode

    The Nba, yeye sans and all the corrupt Nigerian lawyers are nothing but hypocrites that have been debasing their old stinking robes for years. What was the reaction of all these s o b.s. when thug fayose went to slap a judge and disrupt court proceedings? They all kept quiet. So far I have not seen any of these so called sans and Nba fools address all the billions found in the houses of these disgraced judges. Should Nba accept a magnificent building from thug wike? CAPITAL NO! By accepting that building from thug wike they have compromised themselves and subjected their integrity to the alter of evil. Where did afe babalola have the billions to singlehandedly built a university, are the monies not proceeds of corruption? With the exception of the late iconic Gani Fawehinmi, Demi Falana and a few others other Nigerian lawyers judges and all the evil cult Nba are total nonentities who wants to continue to colonize Nigeria and her people. I praise PMB and the DSS for taken these actions. I am not a lawyer but I have been following the bizarre judgments of crooked ademola and yinusa for a long time. PMB dealt with his own constituent so what’s the big deal dealing with corrupt judges who have turned their offices and homes to ATM Machines. SHAMELESS NIGERIAN judges, lawyers AND EVIL Nba.

    • Sir Louis

      Well said. Senior Lawyers like Afe Babalola should face arrest and interrogation and prosecution for corruption.

    • FEMI A USA

      You guess right the masses are sending their children to that University with high tuition. This is why he is against the method of arresting the judges. They are all thieves.

  • FreeNigeria

    Are they meeting with AGF to say them and the judges are above the law? And corruption in their ranks should be accepted and rewarded.

  • Jacky

    Whatever meeting they may be having, to me, is meaningless. What is meaningful to me is that the corrupt judges have been arrested and evidences collected… one is above the law. Period!

  • muazu wali

    The time of blackmails is gone! You either do the right thing or face the consequences of your criminality. We should all go back and.put ours houses in order.