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Judges' Arrest Attorney General of Federation backs DSS crackdown

Abubakar Malami has thrown his weight behind the DSS on the arrests of top Justices saying no one is or should be above the law.

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The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has justified the arrest of top Nigerian Judges by the Department of State Service, DSS.

In a report by Leadership Newspaper, Malami reportedly said the actions of the DSS shows no one is or should be above the law.

The Minister for Justice made this known on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 after reportedly shunning a valedictory court session held in honour of retired Justice Suleiman Galadima, on Monday, October 10, 2016.

Speaking on the crackdown, Malami said: “Was there an allegation of crime? Was there relevant provision of criminal procedure responsible for investigation?

Cross section of Nigerian Judges play

Cross section of Nigerian Judges



“Is there an allegation of corruption? If there is, no body, no matter how highly placed will be spared," he said.

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Continuing, Malami said: “The right to investigate has not been taken away from the constitution. The allegation boarders on criminality and no one is or should be above the law.

“Neither the judiciary or the executive will be exempted from investigation”, the AGF stated.

Meanwhile, the National Judicial Council, NJC, headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, is currently holding an emergency meeting at its headquarters in Abuja.

Between Friday, October 7, 2016 and Saturday, October 8, 2016, the DSS arrested and detained seven Judges for offences bordering on corruption during a nationwide sweep.

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