Judges arrest: NJC holds emergency meeting Oct 11

 

 

Judges arrest: NJC holds emergency meeting Oct 11

Olaoye Ademola

The National Judicial Council (NJC) will hold emergency meeting on Tuesday to review the issue of some arrested judges.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, disclosed this in Abuja, in his address at the valedictory sitting in honour of the outgoing Justice of the Supreme Court, Suleman Galadima.

The Department of State Service (DSS) on Saturday arrested two Justices of the Supreme Court and a number of Federal High Court judges on allegations of corruption. Mohammed said, “It is indeed very saddening and deeply regrettable, the distressing and unfortunate incident which occurred on Friday October 7 and Saturday, October 8. However, I must ask all Nigerians to remain calm and prayerful, as an emergency meeting of the National Judicial Council, which will take place tomorrow, 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,’’ he said

The CJN commended the Nigeria Bar Association for its prompt action and continued support of members of the legal profession.

Mohammed spoke glowingly about the outgoing Justice. He said the country’s judiciary was indebted to him.

“I am sure that the teeming numbers of the legal profession that have benefited from your mentorship will concur when I opine that your contribution to our jurisprudence has been inestimable.

“Our nation’s judiciary will always support you and we are confident that when we knock on your door, you will answer

“To young members of our noble legal profession, I say that Justice Galadima is an embodiment of hard work, dedication and a single-minded devotion to his maker and calling,’’ the CJN said.

Mohammed added that: “I am, therefore, encouraging those inspired by this wonderful jurist to follow the path of his distinction that he charted throughout his long and distinguished career,”

The Nigeria Bar Association urged President Muhammadu Buhari to release those senior judicial officials without further delay, pledging its complete commitment to the defence and protection of its members from any seeming intimidation and illegal crackdown.

Galadima appreciated the honour done him by the management of the apex court that deemed it fit to organise the valedictory session which marked his official retirement from the bench.

“It is an honour to have served my country and indeed the judiciary to this capacity as Justice of the Supreme Court.

“I am particular grateful to God Almighty that gave me sound life and wisdom to serve mankind as a judge,’’ Galadima said.

Meanwhile, the seven arrested judges were released on Sunday afternoon on self- recognition. They however reported at the DSS office on Monday but returned to home.

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