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Arrest Of Judges: President Buhari Speaks

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has made his official reaction to the arrest of seven senior judges between Friday night and Saturday morning.

The President said it was an assault but on the judiciary, insisting it was on corruption.

The judges, two from the Supreme Court, are exptected to appear in court starting today.

The president in a statement by his media adviser, Garba Shehu, described the raids as ‘surgical’ saying due process was followed in the arrests.

The  statement reads:

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE: 

CORRUPTION, NOT JUDICIARY, UNDER ATTACK

The Presidency assures that the President reserves his highest respect for the institution of the judiciary as the third arm of government.

To this end, the President will not do anything to undermine its independence.

President Buhari remains a committed democrat, in words and in his action, and will not take any action in violation of the constitution.

The recent surgical operation against some judicial officers is specifically targeted at corruption and not at the judiciary as an institution.

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.

In undertaking the task of reporting, the media should be careful about the fault lines they open. It is wrong to present this incident as a confrontation between the executive and judicial arms of government.

The Presidency has received assurances from the DSS that all due processes of the law, including the possession of search and arrest warrants were obtained before the searches.

To suggest that the government is acting outside the law in a dictatorial manner is to breach the interest of the state.

GARBA SHEHU
SSAP (Media and Publicity)
Abuja












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