Abuja - Angry protesters on Wednesday stormed the Supreme Court of Nigeria to protest against the decision of the National Judicial Commission not to compel judges currently under investigation over allegations of corruption from stepping down.
They are demanding that all judges arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) step aside pending the outcome of their trials in court.
Chanting solidarity songs, the protesters carried placards with various inscriptions such as: “Stop corruption before it stops you,” “Don’t get it twisted, Judiciary is not on trial, only corrupt officials are,” among others.
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.
Those under investigation by the DSS are two Supreme Court Justices -Justice Sylvester Ngwuta and Justice Inyang Okoro; the suspended Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya, who was picked up in Sokoto; Justice Adeniyi Ademola (Federal High Court); the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice I. A. Umezulike; Justice Kabiru Auta of Kano State High Court; Justice Muazu Pindiga (Gombe State High Court); Justice Bashir Sukola and Justice Ladan Manir, from the Kaduna State High Court.
- News 24