'We won’t ask Nigerian judges accused of corruption to step aside' - NJC to NBA | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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The National Judicial Council has said that it will not ask the judges accused of corrupt practices to step down as it has no powers to do so.



The NJC stated this on Friday in response to the demand by the President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Abubakar Mahmoud, that the seven judges arrested for corruption last week be asked to step down pending when they are cleared or found guilty in court.

In its response signed by its acting director of information, Soji Oye, the NJC said Mr. Mahmoud’s advice “is unacceptable to the NJC; as it breaches the 2014 Revised Judicial Discipline Regulations formulated by NJC pursuant to Section 160 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.

The NJC also said Mr. Mahmoud was present when it took an earlier position condemning the raid of the judges’ homes by the State Security Service (SSS) a fortnight ago.

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  1. Can Mr.Mahmoud be trusted. You were against the invasion only to turn round against the judges. I have always believed lawyers are the biggest problem facing the country but should be treated fairly, invitation of the judges by EFCC/DSS was okay not jungle justice. I smell a rat in lawyers leadership.

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    1. No rat please. The NBA has made the request in the light of information that has come in the open. And let's stop this nonsensical argument about inviting the judges. If you want to retrieve the proceeds of crime that could implicate a suspect do you invite him? Then what is the essence of the search warrant? We are our own problem. We want reforms but always want reforms but don't want it once it affects anyone from our camp or if it is being carried out by our enemies.

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  2. All men are equal before the law. That is the jargon always used when the poor are sentenced. This parlance has proved to be a fallacy when it come to the case of judges the high and mighty. Please, let us amend the law as ambiguity has set. There is preference in enforcement of justice subject to the calibre of the citizen and position occupied.

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  3. No matter what decision both sides concluded at,i will suggest the judge's humbly resigned on their own.thus,legislation should equally enact law to curbs dz situation thus the judgement in case such happen in future.

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