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Judges’ Arrest Chief Justice of Nigeria is sad about raid on “corrupt” judges

Justice Mohammed made his comments on Monday at a valedictory session held in honour of a retiring Justice.

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Ex-Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed

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Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed has spoken out on the recent arrest of judges across the country.

The judges were arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) between Friday, October 7 and Saturday, 8 as part of an anti-corruption raid.

Justice Mohammed made his comments on Monday, October 10, at a valedictory session held in honour of a retiring Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Suleiman Galadima, Punch reports.

“My lords, invited guests, ladies and gentlemen, not to detract from this occasion, it is indeed very saddening and deeply regrettable, the distressing and unfortunate incident which occurred on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8, 2016,” Mohammed said.

“However, I must ask all Nigerians to remain calm and prayerful, as emergency meeting of the National Judicial Council, which will take place tomorrow (Tuesday), will comprehensively look into the matter.

“Furthermore, I must express my sincere appreciation to the executive of the Nigerian Bar Association ably led by the President, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), and indeed all members of the legal profession for their prompt action and continued support,” he added.

The judges involved 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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The DSS had earlier announced that it recovered about $800,000 during the raid.

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