Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Detained judges get bail on self-recognition

Crackdown on judges sad, regrettable – CJN
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, yesterday, described the arrest and detention of two Justices of the Supreme Court and two High Court Judges by the DSS as very “saddening, regrettable and distressing” and urged Nigerians to remain calm and prayerful. He said the National Judicial Council, NJC, will hold an emergency meeting today to comprehensively look into the matter.

Meanwhile, as angst over last weekend’s crackdown on judges by the Department of State Service, DSS, continues, high court judges shunned sittings in Abuja, yesterday.

Most courts Vanguard visited were open but not conducting any proceedings. Most of the judicial workers, especially at the Federal High Court, where one of the detained judges, Justice Ademola Adeniyi, was serving, were seen in clusters discussing the issue in hushed tones. Some prominent cases hitherto slated for hearing could not go on, yesterday, including continuation of the corruption trial of former Chief of Defense Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh and money laundering charge against former governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim.

There were indications that the arrested judges may be arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court at Life Camp District, Abuja.

This came as the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, insisted that the crackdown was unconstitutional and illegal as the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, and the Body of Benchers, contrary to tradition, shunned a valedictory court session held in honour of Justice Suleiman Galadima, who bowed out of the apex court bench, yesterday, having clocked the mandatory 70 years retirement age.

The CJN, who doubles as chairman of the NJC, broke his silence on the issue at the valedictory court session.

While extolling the virtues of Justice Galadima, who he said rendered 47 years of committed and selfless service to the nation, the CJN, said: “My Lords, invited guests, ladies and gentlemen, not to detract from this occasion, it is indeed very saddening and deeply regrettable, the distressing and unfortunate incident, which occurred on Friday October 7, and Saturday October 8, 2016.

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Source: Vanguard Online News