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NBA makes U-turn, seeks suspension of arrested judges

21 October 2016, 12:38

Abuja - The Nigerian Bar Association on Thursday called for the immediate suspension of seven judges arrested by the State Security Service on October 8, Premium Times reports.

The President of the NBA, Abubakar Mahmud, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, made the call at a valedictory court session in honour of a retiring Justice of the Court of Appeal, Sotonye Denton-West.

Seven judges in five states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory were arrested after their homes were raided on October 7 by the SSS following allegations of corruption.

The National Judicial Council, NJC, responsible for the sanction of judicial officers, was accused by the SSS of neglecting petitions written against the judges on allegations of corruption.

The NJC denied the allegation by the SSS.

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) had earlier declared a state of emergency in the judiciary after the continued raiding of judges homes by armed Department of Security Services operatives according to News24.

President of the association, Abubakar Mahmoud said that the arrest of the judges was a clear abuse of power by the DSS operatives, who assaulted and tried to abduct judges in states across the country.

- News 24

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