Human Rights

NIGERIAN PRESIDENT SAYS CORRUPTION, NOT JUDICIARY THE TAREGT IN ARREST OF JUDGES

As controversy rages over the arrest of a number of judges for corruption by the Department of State Services (DSS), the primary domestic intelligence agency of Nigeria, the Presidency has assured that President Muhammadu Buhari reserves his highest respect for the judiciary as the third arm of Government.

To this end, the President will not do anything to undermine the Judiciary’s independence, said Garba Shehu, the senior media assistant to President Buhari, in a statement here Sunday.

“President Buhari remains a committed democrat, in words and in his action, and will not take any action in violation of the Constitution,” the spokesman added.

“The recent surgical operation against some judicial officers is specifically targeted at corruption and not at the Judiciary as an institution. In a robust democracy such as ours, there is bound to be a plurality of opinions on any given issue, but there is a convergence of views that the country has a corruption problem that needs to be corrected.

“But reports by a section of the media are giving us cause for concern. In undertaking the task of reporting, the media should be careful about the fault lines they open. It is wrong to present this incident as a confrontation between the executive and judicial arms of government.

“The Presidency has received assurances from the DSS that all due processes of the law, including the possession of search and arrest warrants were obtained before the searches. To suggest that the government is acting outside the law in a dictatorial manner is to breach the interest of the state.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.