CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, on Monday lambasted the Department of State Services, DSS, for raiding the residence of judges, some of who were arrested.
Recall the DSS, had on Friday night and
in the early hours of Saturday reportedly arrested some Supreme court
justices, Appeal and High Court judges over corruption allegations.
Speaking at a valedictory court session held in honour of a retiring
Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Suleiman Galadima, Mohammed
described the action of the DSS as regrettable.
The CJN, while
speaking at the ceremonial courtroom of the Supreme Court in Abuja, said
the National Judicial Council would meet on Tuesday to take a position
on the incident.
According to Mohammed, “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 (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