Judges’ Arrest ‘DSS should be praised over attempt to clean judiciary,’ Ex-minister says

Former Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi said that the judiciary needs to be dealt with.

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A former minister has praised the Department of State Services (DSS) for arresting allegedly corrupt judges.

Former Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi also said that the judiciary needs to be dealt with before Nigeria can make progress.

Olorogun Gbagi made the comments on Monday, October 10, according to The Nation.

“With all respect, I do not believe that the DSS could have done anything better than they did. Some judges have people whose job as lawyers is to get money to bribe judges. We must deal with the judiciary. Once we can deal with the judiciary 40 per cent of our problem is solved,” he said.

“I want to thank the Director General of the DSS. He has come to act in line with the responsibility the constitution bestowed on him. I congratulate him. The law gives him the power to break into any house for the purposes of effecting arrest. It does not matter whether it is Saturday or Sunday.

“Most Nigerians lack the courage and commitment to say how the nation should be run. Criminals have taken over the country and bought over everybody. Everything must be done to chase and pursue the criminals.

“A judge is the richest man in his village; his children are attending the best of schools outside the shores of this country; he has the biggest estate in town. Yet he does not sell nor do any business. What do you call that?

“I have served this country to the best of my ability, a thief is a thief. Those who have skeleton are those who are afraid. We must enthrone probity and accountability in this country. The DSS DG should be encouraged to ensure that he pursued the arrests to the logical conclusion. The DSS should do more work; deploy more professionals to tidy up the system,” he added.

The DSS arrested seven judges between Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8, and also recovered about $800,000 from three of them.

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The judges are Inyang Okoro and Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court, Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Kabir Auta of the Kano High Court, Mu’azu Pindiga of the Gombe High Court, Mohammed Tsamiya of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin and the Chief Judge of Enugu State Justice I. A. Umezulike.

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