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|DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by ALISMILE(m): 3:01pm On Oct 16, 2016|
Nigerian judges are planning an unprecedented mass resignation to protest the alleged assault against the independence of the judiciary by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, it has been learnt. The mass discontent running through the system over the arrest of seven of their colleagues by the Department of State Services (DSS) penultimate Friday, is now reaching a climax with an ongoing mass mobilisation nationwide to resign enmass. In the plan being hatched, the Federal High Court could end up being the most affected if the protagonists went ahead with their plot. Incidentally, suspended talks at the National Judicial Institute (NJI) on whether the Federal High Court should be phased out or retained, had not been concluded. Multiple senior sources disclosed that judicial officers who had been materially successful in legal practice before opting for the Bench as a form of service, are not finding it funny that even properties acquired before joining the Bench are now being tagged proceeds of alleged corruption by both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the DSS probing alleged malfeasances in the justice system. A particular DSS-interest was reportedly infuriated that after acquiring a Doctorate degree in Law at a prestigious university in the United Kingdom (names withheld) and making a fortune practising law abroad with multi-million naira worth of properties to show for it, he is now being smeared with corruption allegations all because he wanted to serve his country as a judge. A total of 31 top judges of superior courts of record are being investigated by both agencies (DSS and EFCC), including two justices of the Supreme Court. Three of the said judicial officers have recently been exited from service by the National Judicial Council (NJC). While the DSS is handling cases of 23 judges, EFCC said it was probing eight judges and two court registrars. Apart from the initial seven, busted in the midnight raid by the DSS, the service had disclosed that eight other judges were to be picked before a reported presidential directive halted all operations as public disavowal hit the exercise. Another set of two judges were reportedly arrested days after the midnight raid, while the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, was said to have sent another six petitions against six judges to the DSS. While reacting to a report of loss of confidence in EFCC, the commission said eight judges are under its own belt, with one of them, also in DSS’s net. The eight initially planned for the second round of arrest are all said to be justices of the Supreme Court. A top source confirmed that the apex court was aware of the project, allegedly targetted at giving the court a new beginning with new entrants who are not necessarily from the Court of Appeal as it is the tradition. A cabinet minister during a private media briefing refused to confirm or deny the identities of the targetted judges. The minister also refused to confirm if Justice Walter Onnoghen, the CJN-designate, is among those to be arrested. It was also revealed at the interface that the current administration had resolved to bust anyone with huge cash at home and such would be considered proceeds of crime if the owner could not convincingly explain how he or she came about the cash. According to him, “If your cash is clean, you will put it in the bank.” Before embarking on the raids, they had written a series of memos to the NJC. On 26th February, 2016, the DSS sent a memo with Reference No DGSS.71/3161 to Justice Mahmud, accusing Justice Muazu Pindiga of Gombe judicial division of alleged corruption on his involvement in the Rivers State election petition tribunal as the former chairman before he was removed. In another memo from the DSS dated 5th August, 2016 with Reference No LSD.158/2/31, the Service accused Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court who had earlier ruled against the DSS in its case against Umar Mohammed, of alleged corruption, recommending to the NJC “to urgently investigate the compromise and gross misconduct by the judicial officer as his conduct falls short of the expectations of the profession and defeats the culture of probity, transparency and equity which this current administration stands to entrench.” The memo was signed by Ahamed Ahmad for DSS Acting Director General, Lawal Daura. Meanwhile, Onnoghen who was last week recommended to President Muhammadu Buhari as the next CJN, is reportedly primed to go through his security screening this week at the DSS headquarters in Abuja. He is the sole nominee to the president. The security screening is expected to establish his suitability for the job, before his name will be forwarded to the Senate for confirmation. He is the first CJN-hopeful from the South in 29 years.
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by ALISMILE(m): 3:04pm On Oct 16, 2016|
Make them quick quick. We ve lots of young vibrant lawyers qualified for those offces.
Where Lalasticlala , Mynd44 ? make una come see Judges wan hold us to ransom.
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|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by ezechueze(m): 3:51pm On Oct 16, 2016|
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by omowolewa: 4:39pm On Oct 16, 2016|
Resign for what?
Even what Abacha was rain 'fire & brimstone' there was no resignation. So why doing that in this democratic era when the bulk stops at your table.
You want to resign to become a solicitor in a court where inexperience lawyers precedes or fly out of the nation?
Purge the system of corruption and tell FG the position of the law.
But if you insist, there are a lot of barristers here who would be interested abeg.
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by amaechi1: 5:11pm On Oct 16, 2016|
There was massive sack in Ghana and heaven did not fall. They should please, resign and save nigeria some resources as salaries.
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by mrvitalis(m): 5:14pm On Oct 16, 2016|
Do they need help writing the letter? ?
I can help so we can make it fast
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by babyfaceafrica: 5:30pm On Oct 16, 2016|
so happy,abeg make dem do fast yeye
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by KINGwax007(m): 5:53pm On Oct 16, 2016|
That was be cool
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|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by Nobody: 5:56pm On Oct 16, 2016|
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by segalex: 6:22pm On Oct 16, 2016|
This will be the best thing to ever happen to us in this country.
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by duro4chang(m): 6:42pm On Oct 16, 2016|
Shame on judiciary! Shame on corrupt judges!Shame on supporters of corruption!
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by akpanbaba: 6:57pm On Oct 16, 2016|
As if we are interested in their useless judgements.We can now look for God fearing mechanics and carpenters to take care of our courts.We are just tired of learned men and women who decide to disgrace us on seeng the colour and quantum of naira and foreign notes May God reward them for the deaths they caused in our society
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by Sibrah: 7:00pm On Oct 16, 2016|
Let them go. They are supporting election fraud.
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by TonyeBarcanista(m): 7:15pm On Oct 16, 2016|
They won't be missed
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by blackfase(m): 7:57pm On Oct 16, 2016|
Correct! My people don dey wise up now wella @comments above. Applaudise for Nigerians.....
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by rusher14: 8:03pm On Oct 16, 2016|
I have one resignation format I'm willing to give the group.
Just type in your names.
Please be quick about it.
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by Progressive01(m): 8:14pm On Oct 16, 2016|
Make I call my guys tell them to begin tidy their application letters and CVs.
I pray thee o' Lord, harden their hearts so they don't have a rethink over this, amen.
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by BALLOSKI: 9:26pm On Oct 16, 2016|
They belong to "the room" of their wives and not court rooms.
Criminals in 'wigs' and gowns.
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by jamace(m): 9:30pm On Oct 16, 2016|
Waste of time and energy. Nothing go happen.
All these charge and bail lawyers making noise should read the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 again.
The following areas of the ACJA support the actions of the President, DSS and all other ingredients necessary for dealing with the judges:
1. Sections 12(2) & 13
2. Section 43 (1)
3. Section 23
4. Section 44
5. Section 47 (1)
6. Section 147
7. Section 148
Enough of criminals in wigs feeling big despite operating in unprofessional manner.
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by BALLOSKI: 9:31pm On Oct 16, 2016|
omowolewa:they're being chased by their own wrong actions.
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by BALLOSKI: 9:35pm On Oct 16, 2016|
jamace:Take one bottle for my head!
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by DamiBukola: 9:49pm On Oct 16, 2016|
omowolewa:I disagree with you and I enjoin them to resign so apc apologists can be appointed as judges. I guess that is what u'd always wanted? The bulk now stops at Buhari and apc's desk, court can give decision and apc will not bother to obey same because people like you are ready to support their evil plans.
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by omowolewa: 10:54pm On Oct 16, 2016|
Everything must be on party grounds, I am neither leftist or rightist. I make my comments per situation.
If they feel running away from the issue on ground is the solution. They should throw in the towels, join the bench and be ready to obey any judgement.
|Re: DSS Raid: Judges Plan Mass Resignation- Newsexpress by bennymark(m): 10:58pm On Oct 16, 2016|
This form of protest ssounds like epic stupidity.
Make them go so fresh graduates go get job
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