President Buhari Finally Opens Up On Arrested Judges

President Muhammadu Buhari has opened up on the reason for the arrest of Supreme Court justices and judges across the nation.

The Presidency said the on-going `surgical operation’ against some judicial officers is specifically targeted at corruption and not at the judiciary as an institution.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, made the clarification in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

According to Shehu, the president reserves his highest respect for the institution of the judiciary as the third arm of government and will not do anything to undermine its independence.

Shehu said Buhari remained a committed democrat, “in words and in his actions, and will not take any action in violation of the constitution.

“In a robust democracy, such as ours, there is bound to be a plurality of opinions on any given issue but there is a convergence of views that the country has a corruption problem that needs to be corrected.

“But reports by a section of the media are giving us cause for concern.’’

The Presidential aide advised that, in undertaking the task of reporting, the media should be careful about the fault lines they opened.

“It is wrong to present this incident as a confrontation between the executive and judicial arms of government,’’ he said

Shehu said the Presidency had received assurances from the Department of Security Services (DSS) that all due processes of the law, including the possession of search and arrest warrants, were obtained before the searches on some judges.

“To suggest that the government is acting outside the law in a dictatorial manner is to breach the interest of the state,’’ he said.

The arrest of three judges for alleged corruption has angered some stakeholders in the judiciary, especially Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).

The NBA has asked the president to order the release of the judges or face the consequences.

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  • chika bibian

    I wonder why people making noise over the issue of arrest… The judges are suspects to corruption and they got arrested what about it?the manner in which they were arrested is even deserving because they are judges and not supposed to involved any corruption of any sort…. People that the same judges has sentenced to jail due to crime of any sort are they not human beings

  • emekachilaka

    Abeg make de go play fit shit 💩 there is nothing good about the whole thing things should be done in proper way

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    It is so certain that his actions wasn’t centered to undermine the independence of the Judiciary which is the third arm of government but just for corruption fight.

  • Hmmm this matter na left and right nawa o

  • Olovo Obinna

    Which kind useless corruption is that….keep deceiving Nigerians with lies each day

  • WillieBravo

    All this one na washy abeg.

  • Mezzy Gilbert

    In d era of democracy who breaks down someone’s door,and forcefully abduct them,mr president is only trying to save face, if they had warrants,why were they not invited,and why wud dey break in into their homes at that ungodly hour,this is no longer democracy,of course we knw our judicial system is corrupt, my question is who bribes them? D fight of corruption is biased,using dss and efcc as tools,smh

    • Cornel Nwankwo

      Democracy is good dear but if you actually look at it the other way round, it is the cankerworm Nigeria is suffering from now.

      • Mezzy Gilbert

        Very costly for nigeria

    • badmos

      If we understand the magnitude of corruption these judges hav committed, then we shuld hav no mercy for dem. When a judge was beaten in Ekiti, dey didn’t do anything, when d investigation on corrupt judges were going on, dey didn’t call a press conference and now dat d fly don dey chop soar we keep complaining on what will not help us.

      • chika bibian

        I concur

      • Mezzy Gilbert

        Of course they re corrupt,but d manner in which dey invaded their houses is what am against

        • badmos

          Am not also in good terms with dat but dey say d judiciary is d last hope of d masses but dey are not helping matter. Let it happen to dem and feel d pain and if things no scatter, we won’t get solution.

        • badmos

          And d question is, do we really hav law?

  • Mezzy Gilbert

    This is bull shit