Judges' Arrest Group seeks injunction to stop DSS from arraigning judges

The group says the DSS could not have charged and arraigned the judges without the authorisation of the NJC.

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The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has sued the Department of State Services (DSS) over the recent raid and arrest of judges.

In the suit filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja, the group also seeks an injunction to stop the planned arraignment of the judges in court.

It claimed that only the National Judicial Council (NJC) must give authorisation before the judges can be charged and arraigned in court.

In a motion on notice for interlocutory injunction filed at the court on Tuesday, October 25, LEDAP also wants the court to stop the DSS from interrogating the judges.

The group seeks "an order restraining the defendants/respondents from filing any charge in court or arraigning before any court or arresting and/or detaining, inviting for questioning or searching the office or residence of any of the judicial officers listed in the schedule hereunder or any other judicial officer in Nigeria unless with the authorisation and referral of the NJC, pending the hearing and determination of the originating summons filed in this suit."

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It is also seeking general and exemplary damages of N1 million for each of the seven arrested judges against the DSS.

The matter is yet to be fixed for hearing.

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