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Former Minister of State for Education, Olorungun Kenneth Gbagi, on Monday, said that the operation of Department of State Service (DSS) that led to the arrest of some judges was commendable.



Gbagi, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan, labeled those criticizing the arrest of the judges as “the real enemies of the country.”
The former minister also told reporters in Abuja that he was particularly irked by the statement of the PDP condemning the action of the DSS.

He reminded the party that the issues which led to the arrest of the judges were not a party affair.
The DSS, he said, has made the country proud and should be commended by all lovers of the country.
He insisted that “with all respect, I do not believe that the DSS could have done anything better than they did.”

Criminal elements, he said, must not be allowed to take over the country under any guise.

He said, “Some judges have people whose job as lawyers is to get money to bribe judges. We must deal with the judiciary. Once we can deal with the judiciary 40 per cent of our problem is solved.
“I want to thank the Director General of the DSS. He has come to act in line with the responsibility the constitution bestowed on him.

 I congratulate him. The law gives him the power to break into any house for the purposes of effecting arrest. It does not matter whether it is Saturday or Sunday.
“Most Nigerians lack the courage and commitment to say how the nation should be run. Criminals have taken over the country and bought over everybody. Everything must be done to chase and pursue the criminals.

“A judge is the richest man in his village; his children are attending the best of schools outside the shores of this country; he has the biggest estate in town. Yet he does not sell nor do any business. What do you call that?”

Gbagi noted that some people were talking as if the arrest of alleged corrupt judges had not happened any where in the world.

He said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested nine judges in the United States of America in 2013 for miscarriage of justice.

He added that in India many judges were also arrested for the same offence while some other judges were arrested in Ghana for corruption charges.

He noted that it had been confirmed that the arrested judges were invited by the DSS before the operation “but the judges have lawyers who wanted to go to court to obtain obnoxious injunctions to stop the DSS from carrying out its constitutional obligation.”

He said” “We were told that the judges wanted to delay till Monday to go and get injunctions from the court but the DSS acted faster and swooped on them.”

The former minister insisted that the DSS acted in line with the laws of the land warning that “we must not use technicalities to delay the course of justice.”

Asked how he will feel if the same treatment was meted to him when he was minister, Gbagi said that “those who live in glass house do not throw stone.”

He said: “I have served this country to the best of my ability, a thief is a thief. Those who have skeleton are those who are afraid. We must enthrone probity and accountability in this country. The DSS DG should be encouraged to ensure that he pursued the arrests to the logical conclusion. The DSS should do more work, deploy more professionals to tidy up the system.”

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  1. We need more people like you who says the truth and stand by it . God bless NigerIan.

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  2. My mouth is wide open in shock...there is a glimmer of hope for Nigeria. Thank Jesus

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  3. Kenneth Gbagi, you have said it all.
    Posterity will surely put you on a good page. That is where you belong.
    A former pdp man. Only today I just get to know that there are some good people with conscience in that useless party.

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  4. Thanks Honourable Minister. God bless you for saying the truth.

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  5. There are Nigerians that are above the law. Let them know now that there is no hiding place for these set of people anymore. PMB, be rest assure that should you want to go for second term, I assure you of my vote.

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  6. You have spoken well Honorable..God bless...there is hope for this country..

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  7. When the same act is done to the poor masses, some Nigerian support it.
    But when it is done to the rich or political leaders, some Nigerian dont support it.

    l wonder how some Nigerian think. Emancipate yourself from mental slavery

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  8. Honourable Minister Gbagi God bless for saying the truth, we need more of you to come out and help our nation. God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria

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  9. The truth is bitter! Kenneth Gbagi just said it -- the truth.

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  10. God bless you richly for your immerse wisdom honorable minister. Infact you have said it all, this is a good lesson to pdp ppl who based on encouraging corruption

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  11. Kenneth Gbagi, you are just looking for a soft landing with the federal Government as to renew your security consultancy business.... Are you not part of the guys that stool Nigerians money? people here are just talking out of sense..Find out how many petitions that was sent to this mans office that made him not to be retained as a minister in GEJ administration.. Did you ask how many days of the year he worked as a formal minister of state for education?.... He works as a security consultant to the establishment,why wont he support the bridge of rule of law... This seed that is been sown today will affect our generation to come.. Police man will slap your face,,,you cant talk,,,army man will whip your back you cant talk.. Where is the rule of law in our Nation... he made examples of the same in other countries,,,men study and find out properly..They followed due process not bursting into the houses of a supreme judge and painting a formal story as if Nigeria dose not have laws that governs our country... Please take your time and find out more about this gbagi man with billions of properties all over the nation..you will run like a mad dog...records are in hike...in due course they will be unleashed..

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  12. This is a New dramma of another season..Not how to get us out of recession again.. from one script of movie to another... since the beginning of this administration is one story to another... Nigerians are easily carried away with script been acted by a sole called group of government representatives...Change starts from me and you.. First we are fighting corruption,,2nd COD vs saraki..3rd budget padding..4th price of commodities has risen with 65% increase ,one story to another... haba what a country called Nigeria...Now Supreme Court judges... One can be a fool twice but if you be a fool the third time.. your own is finished.. more stories are coming soon for this new episode from the judges,,,sit back and watch... This is called Enslaving of your omendula oblankata.. Enslaving your brains so you cant think twice before you make a comment.. Government should enact policies to control this so called corruption..If you know that you will be beheaded if you steal as a law in Nigeria do we need to be finding the corrupt ones or fighting corruption.. we need strict polices from the Legislative arm.. We need the campaign promises you promised us before we voted for your party APC,so why are you diverting attentions,we can no longer cater for our children loves ones and etc... do something now and stop the PERAMBULATION..

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