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Nigerian Bar Association Declares State Of Emergency On Legal Profession Over Detained Justices

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, yesterday, called on the Department of State Services, DSS, to immediately and unconditionally release the two justices of the Supreme Court, whose homes were raided by its operatives in the early hours of Saturday, and later taken into custody. The duo are Justices Sylvester Ngwuta and Justice Okoro

NBA President, Mr Abubakar Mamoud, SAN, who addressed newsmen, yesterday, in Lagos, alongside three past Presidents of the association, namely, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, Dr Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, Mr Joseph Daudu, SAN, and Mr Austine Aleghe, SAN, on the arrest and detention of the two justices of the Supreme Court and the invasion and harassment of judges of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Gombe and Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said “DSS has been carrying out raids in the houses of justices of the Supreme Court and those of judges of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Gombe and Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

“Some family members of the judges were manhandled. We gathered that the raids were carried out at 2a.m. “We condemn the raids in the strongest possible terms. We are in a democratic society and we cannot accept a situation where armed masked DSS operatives invade the homes of the justices of the Supreme Court and judges of our high courts. “This is a ploy by the executive to intimidate the judiciary and we will not accept it. The NBA will not accept it. “I want to emphasise again that we are not under military rule and we cannot accept this Gestapo style of operation. “First, the NBA demands the immediate and unconditional release of the justices the Supreme Court still being held by the DSS without further delay.

“The DSS should limit itself to its constitutional duties and responsibilities. “We demand that President Muhammadu Buhari should call his security agencies to order as this kind of practice is not acceptable under a democratic rule. “If there are issues affecting judicial officers, there are established processes and procedures for handling them and we demand that these constitutional processes must be obeyed. “I have declared a state of emergency on the legal profession over the matter and I have invited past Presidents and Secretary Generals of the association.

“I have also set up a Crisis Committee team which shall consist of past Presidents and Secretary Generals of the association to follow up on the matter.” Asked whether the association will immediately embark on court boycott over the arrest and detention of judicial officers by the executive arm of government, he said members should allow the leaders handle the matter, while awaiting any further directive as maybe necessary.

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  • chika bibian

    This people no get talk abeg

  • WillieBravo

    The DSS are totally out of control and they must b stopped. The truth is that this is not the first time they would b abusing their office, the only reason why there’s so much hullabaloo about this is that they arrested judges. Pathetic!!!

    • emekachilaka

      I think they are acting base on order given to them by oga at top

      • WillieBravo

        Exactly!!!

  • emekachilaka

    Nice one

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    They only thing I don’t support here is raiding them at their homes by that time of the day but as for arresting them, I have no problem with that.

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    That won’t be the best way to go about it though I dont expect them to fold their hands and not support their own even when they are at fault.
    We are in Nigeria.

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  • Mezzy Gilbert

    Film

  • Olovo Obinna

    This government of mediocrity is dragging us backwards