Mahmud Mohammed Chief Justice rejects call for suspension of judges

The CJN described the call by NBA as hasty, adding that the DSS has not finalised its investigations.

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Mahmud Mohammed has rejected calls by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) for the judges arrested by the DSS to be suspended.

The Department of State Services (DSS) recently arrested some senior judicial officers over allegations of professional misconduct and corruption.

The NBA President, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), at the valedictory court session held in honour of Justice Sotonye Denton-West (Rtd.), called for the suspension of the judges.

The CJN described the call by NBA as hasty, adding that the DSS has not finalised its investigations.

He said “We therefore strongly recommend that, without prejudice to the innocence or otherwise of the judges involved in the ongoing investigations, they should recuse themselves from further judicial functions or they are required to proceed on compulsory leave until their innocence is fully and completely established or until the conclusion of all judicial or disciplinary proceedings.”

Adding that “On the call by President of the Nigerian Bar, to suspend judicial officers whose residences were invaded and who were subsequently arrested and detained by the DSS, we believe that the call was unnecessary and hasty as the said   judicial   officers are   still being   investigated   by the DSS.

“Furthermore,   the   DSS   is   yet   to   forward   any   complaint   or   any   official communication regarding the seven judicial officers to the National Judicial Council.”

Also, the two judges, who were arrested by the DSS, Justice Okoro Inyang and Justice Sylvester Ngwuta alleged that the Minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi offered them bribes to influence judgement on election cases.

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