Lagos - Lawyers serving under the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) have declared a state of emergency in the judiciary after the continued raiding of judges homes by armed Department of Security Services operatives, Naij reports.
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.
"We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately caution all the state security agencies and to respect the rule of law and to respect due process.
"Any issues affecting the judicial officers, there are established procedures for handling them and we demand that this constitutional process must be obeyed.
"Given the unfolding nature of the event and the seriousness of the situation, the NBA hereby declares a state of emergency as it affects the affairs of the judiciary and I hereby constitute a crisis management team, comprising all past presidents of the association, Mahmoud said.
News24 reported earlier that Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose lambasted the invasion of residences of five judges by armed Department of State Service (DSS) security forces.
Fayose has labelled the invasion as an attack on the judiciary, saying that it was now clear to all that the country's democracy was increasingly under threat by the Buhari administration.
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- News 24