Abuja - Popular human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has blasted the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) for what he called shielding corrupt judges after the raid by Department of State Service (DSS) operatives, Naij reports.
Falana advised that the judges who were detained for corruption be arraigned quickly saying that they were paying the price for not fulfilling their duties with integrity.
"In particular, the Nigerian Bar Association which has information on all corrupt judges and lawyers in the country has continued to shield them to the embarrassment of incorruptible members of the bar and the bench.
"It is on record that when both the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Offences Commission and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission sent invitation letters to judges suspected of corruption they had rushed to the Federal High Court to obtain interlocutory injunctions to prevent their arrest, investigation and prosecution," Falana said.
News24 reported that DSS operatives seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and assets in a series of anti-corruption raids targeting senior judges, drawing sharp condemnation Sunday from the bar association and rights groups.
During the nationwide operation, which took place on Saturday, police detained seven judges, according to a security source, who said a total of 15 judges were being investigated in connection with allegedly receiving bribes.
The raids prompted the Nigerian Bar Association to declare a state of emergency, denouncing the "Gestapo-style" operation.
Many Nigerians were also left concerned by the methods used by President Muhammadu Buhari in his anti-corruption war after DSS operatives raided the houses of Supreme Court judges.
Former Education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili warned President Buhari that he would need to follow due processes in his anti-corruption war or else he would eventually conceded defeat.
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- News 24