Judges' Arrest Lawyers protesting against DSS in Abuja should really know better

Lawyers protesting in support of Judges accused of corruption isn't what Law School Professors had in mind

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A group of Lawyers have taken to the streets of Abuja to protest the arrest of nine Judges by the Department of State Security (DSS).

Chanting solidarity songs, the Lawyers stormed the Federal High Court Headquarters, the National Human Rights Commission and the office of the Attorney General,  with rage in their voices.

The Lawyers also called on all judiciary workers to down tools.

Pulse correspondent in the nation’s capital city reports that the Lawyers held aloft placards bearing several angry inscriptions.

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“They were proceeding to the Three Arms Zone but have been stopped by security personnel”, Pulse' Abuja correspondent reports.

Pulse correspondent in the capital city also reports that there is palpable tension in Abuja at the time of filing this.

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The Three Arms Zone is where the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, the Supreme Court and the National Assembly, call home.

And here we were, thinking Lawyers should know better.

Most of the arrested Judges have since been granted bail and now await their trials.

To hit the streets in protest for them makes a mockery of their imminent prosecution and absolves them of guilt before they are even arraigned.

Most of the Judges have also asked to be excused from cases involving former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki and leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, due largely to conflict of interest concerns.

Some of the Judges were accused of receiving bribes from Dasuki in exchange for favourable judgments and bail application considerations.

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The protesting Lawyers have described the action of the DSS as an attempt by the Executive to silence the Judiciary.

That's quite a stretch and we respectfully beg to differ.

We do not think it is right for Lawyers to hit the streets at this time for the arrested Judges and Dasuki because doing so flies in the face of all these chaps were taught in Law School.

Are these Lawyers proud of what their senior colleagues have become?

We’d rather the law takes its course and due process is followed.

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This is the nation’s judiciary on trial here and Lawyers should be seen to be advocating that the third arm of government be weaned of its tainted reputation.

Lawyers shouldn’t be interfering with court processes in this manner.

Hitting the streets in protest and causing quite a stir for all the wrong reasons was quite the wrong course of action from these lawyers.

We rise!

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