The National Judicial Council (NJC) has deferred its position on the arrest and detention of some judges to Wednesday.
The delay in its position, it was learnt on Tuesday, is as a result of the council’s inability to conclude on issues discussed.
A source close to the council said it discussed the issue of the judges and how it should communicate its position to the Executive.
It was learnt that the council also deliberated on its choice of a successor to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, who is expected to retire on November 10.
“The meeting devoted much time to the arrest and detention of some judicial officers. Members were not happy about the development and have resolved to reflect that in the council’s position.
“The intention is to express our displeasure about this attempt by the Executive to intimidate the Judiciary. Although there have been attempts in the past, they never went this far.
“This is a clear affront on the Judiciary and we intend to make them realise that such should not be repeated.
“On the issue of succession, there is not conflict. Members are united on the need to retain the tradition of allowing the most senior Justice succeed the out-going CJN.
“You recall the CJN spoke iin favour of retaining the tradition when he spoke at the inauguration of the new Senior Advocates on September 19. That is the position we intend to take.
“We hope to conclude on all issues tomorrow (today) and make our position public, but as at now, we are yet to take final positions on most issues considered. That informed why we are continuing tomorrow,” the source said.
It was also learnt that the meeting also touched on some pending petitions against some judges.
The CJN had on October 10, while speaking at a valedictory court service for the retired Justice Suleiman Galadima, assured that the NJC would deliberate on the issue of the arrest and detention of judges, and take a position.
Justice Mohammed, who was saddened by the development described it as unfortunate.
He said:”My Lords, invited guests, ladies and gentlemen, not to distract from this occasion, it is indeed very saddening and deeply regrettable, the distressing and unfortunate incident, which occurred on Friday, 7th October and Saturday 8th October, 2016.
“However, I must ask all Nigerians to remain calm and prayerful, as an emergency meeting of the National Judicial Council (NJC) will take place tomorrow, will comprehensively look into the matter,”