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Judges’ arrest: Lawyer drags Buhari, IGP, DSS, others to court

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Clement Nnachi, Abakaliki

A lawyer based in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, John Onwe, has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari; Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; Director of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura; and three others to court over the arrest and prosecution of some justices of the Appeal and Supreme Courts for alleged corruption.

Others joined in the suit were the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu; and the National Judicial Council.

The DSS had in August 2016 raided the homes of some judges where huge amounts of money were alleged to have been recovered, which led to the arrest of the judges.

Two of the judges arrested were Justice Nwali Ngwuta of the Supreme Court and Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court.

The former is still standing trial at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Onwe filed a suit at the Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State in April 2017.

According to Onwe, he instituted the suit to check the excesses of the executive while describing the invasion of the judges’ homes as unconstitutional and a flagrant abuse of the rule of law.

Six defendants were joined in the suit including President Buhari and all of them have been served, except the EFCC.

When the matter came up for preliminary hearing on Thursday, the Presiding Judge, Justice Akintola Aluko, insisted that the EFCC must be served before the commencement of proper hearing of the matter.

In his submission, counsel for the NJC, Samuel Ede, explained that the plaintiff was challenging the arrest of some judges by the DSS.

He said, “This matter is what the plaintiff called an unlawful invasion of the various homes of justices. This matter concerns the NJC because it is the supervisory body in charge of laws in Nigeria.

“The plaintiff is in a position to appraise the matter but this court is in a position to take its position on it.”

Justice Aluko, however, adjourned the matter till June 12, 2017 for hearing.

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