The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has broken his silence on the arrests of two Justices of the Supreme Court and some other judges.
In a sting operation that occurred on Friday and Saturday, the Department of State Services (DSS) arrested Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro, both of the Supreme Court; Suspended Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Justice Mohammed Tsamiya, Justice Kabiru Auta of the Kano State High Court and Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Chief Justice Mohammed spoke on Monday at a valedictory court session held in honor of a retiring Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Suleiman Galadima. The event was held at the ceremonial courtroom of the Supreme Court in Abuja, and he announced that the National Judicial Court would meet on Tuesday to take a position on the incident.
Chief Justice unhappy with DSS arrests
“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. However, I must ask all Nigerians to remain calm and prayerful, as emergency meeting of the National Judicial Council, which will take place tomorrow (Tuesday), will comprehensively look into the matter.”
“Furthermore, I must express my sincere appreciation to the executive of the Nigerian Bar Association ably led by the President, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), and indeed all members of the legal profession for their prompt action and continued support.”
Others arrested were a former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice I. A. Umezulike, and Muazu Pindiga of the Federal High Court, Gombe Division.