NBA Reveals Why ‘Corrupt’ Judges Must Be Suspended

In an interesting twist, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) that has been against the raid of the houses of judges by the DSS, and the arrest of some of them, has come out saying the judges have to go on compulsory leave, until their innocence is proven.

President of the NBA, Abubakar Mahmoud, while speaking at a valedictory session held in Abuja said:

My Lords, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, permit me digress a little. I am sure that many here will be expecting me to make further statements on the ongoing events affecting the nation’s judiciary.
I have, in the course of the last two weeks or so, made several statements and remarks on these developments. Our position is therefore well-known. We have emphasised our commitment to safeguarding the independence of the nation’s judiciary.

Adding :

That is corruption in the judiciary. On Thursday 13th of October at the meeting of bar leaders comprising past NBA presidents, past general secretaries and past attorneys-general of the federation, we reviewed very carefully the developments after listening to detailed briefings from both the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice as well the secretary of the National Judicial Council.

One of the resolutions we took was to set up a Task Force to urgently review the current developments and come up with clear specific recommendations on how best to clean up the nation’s judiciary and rebuild confidence of Nigerians in our law courts. I am expecting the report of that task force in two weeks.

In the meantime, we have continued with our consultations and engagements. We will be coming up with bold and clear recommendations, which we will pass to the National Judicial Council and the Government.

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