Protesters in Lagos demanded a decisive action against corrupt judges in the country.
Human Rights and Anti Corruption Coalition on Wednesday protested the angry backlash from some Nigerians on the State Security Services, SSS, over the agency’s recent arrest of some judges.
The group made the demands at a peaceful anti-corruption protest to the Federal High Court, Ikeja Division Lagos.
”The arrest of seven judge of various courts exposed how bad the cancer of corruption has spread in our polity,” said Desmond Abiona, the Lagos coordinator of the group.
“We mourn not just because these judicial officers have been fooling us, we mourn because they were still able to get gullible citizens that are fighting for them by condemning the sequence of events and the process of their arrests.
“Suddenly, arrests that were executed with valid warrants are being criticized by the same people who have been shortchanged by rogue judges all their lives. It is simply inconceivable.”img-20161012-wa010
An overnight assault on some senior judges in six states across the country by the SSS late Friday and early Saturday resulted in the arrest of some judges.
The operation was ordered after months of investigation, during which the secret police established credibly that the affected judges were involved in questionable financial dealings.
The crackdown generated heated debates across the country and, once again out Nigeria’s secret police mode of operation on the spotlight.
Of the 15 judges – from the High, Appeal, and the Supreme Court – said to be under investigation, seven were arrested during the weekend raid.
The seven judges were granted bail on Monday on self-recognition.
The protesters in Lagos challenged the arrested or indicted judges to exonerate themselves from the allegations from the SSS.
“We dare them to apply the same test of the law that they have applied to the masses on themselves and see if they will not spend the remainder of their natural lives in jail without the possibility of state pardon,” Mr. Abiona said.
Mr. Abiona also said in the coming days, some groups would be recruited by agents commissioned by the judges to hold protests alleging witch-hunt on the judiciary.