WHY CORRUPT JUDGES SHOULD BE JAILED-ACTIVISTS
A group of activists in the country under the aegis of Centre for Human
Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) have declared that any corrupt Judge
found guilty of corruption by the Court should serve a jail term of 7
years in consonance with sections 98, 99 and 494 of the Criminal Code of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Section 172 & 209 and part 5th
schedule, part 1 of section 6&8 of the amended 1999 Constitution,
They also rejected the DSS approach in the arrest of few Judges of the
Federal High and Supreme Court over corrupt practices through the invasion
of their houses with unconventional weapons inimical to the code of
conduct of security agents.
The activists advised President Muhammadu Buhari to extend its
anti-corruption crusade to the State Judiciary of the Federation where the
corrupt practices have been nurturing to the highest ebb, stressing that
the depth of the corruption in the nation's judiciary is enormous and
needed to be curtailed frontally within
the ambit of the law.
The activists were drawn from; The Christian Awareness Mission
Group(CAMG),Passengers Fundamental Rights Group(PATRGIA),The Islamic
Political Awareness Group(TIPAG),Centre for Social Justice and Equity of
Nigeria(CESJEN),Veteran Groups for Operation Clean Crusade(VGOCC),
Apata-Aiyeraye Social Political Volunteer Group(ASPVG), De-Mainstream
Independent Group(DMIG) and Coalition Against Illegal Arrest & Unlawful
Others were; Centre for Constitutional Rights and Counter Corruption
Crusader, Save Lagos Group(SLG) ,The Conscience Mainstream(TCM),African
Masses Voices for Survival (AMVS),The Christians Youths for the Peoples'
Rights and Development(CYPRD),Islamic Movement for Muslims'
Nigerians Liberators for Peoples' Fundamental Rights(DNLPFR) and The
Christians Volunteers Groups for Good Governance in Nigeria(TCVGGGN).
Speaking through its National Coordinator, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi
Sulaiman, at the end of their emergency meeting on the “State of Nation”,
the group insisted that all the corrupt judges should not be allowed to
escape justice without minding whose ox is gored.
They stated that the recent revelation by finding Millions of naira in
different currencies in the residence of the arrested Judges by the DSS,
had undermined the public confidence in the entire judicial system of the
country, adding that the revelation had also eroded the judiciary of its
integrity with the notion that judiciary was the last hope of common man
on the street.
They urged President Buhari to take the cleanse of the judiciary and other
sector of the country of corrupt practices with utmost seriousness in line
with the section of the fundamental law of the land (the Constitution) in
section 15(5) that the State shall abolish all corrupt practices and abuse
of power, noting that the corruption should be fought to a standstill by
all and sundry.
According to them “The fight against the cancer of corruption in Nigeria
should be tackled frontally as the menace has affected every segment of
our society impeding the nation's socio-economic and political development
“To us,with the revelation from the operation of the men of the Department
of State Security Services (DSS) that millions of naira was met in the
houses of the affected Judges. Thorough, credible and unbiased
should be conducted into the whole saga and all the affected Judges should
be prosecuted according to the law of the Land. But, by not following the
rule of law in the fight against corruption may capable of disturbing the
struggle against the menace.
“By now, the Judiciary, particularly, the Bench should purge itself of
corruption which has been in the highest ebb in the arm of government
because with the happening in the judiciary today, our Country is going to
extinction. The Bench that are supposed to be in the vanguard of crusade
against corruption now, soiled its hand with the bribery scandal and no
fewer than Seventy–Five percent (75%) of Nigerian Judges since 2007 are
billion Judges through ill-gotten wealth. All the Judges that participated
in Election Petitions Tribunals since 2007 till date should be
investigated and after found guilty, their ill-gotten wealth and property
should be confiscated to become the wealth and property of the country.”
The group urged Buhari to strengthen the anti-graft agencies, the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices
and Other Related offences Commission (ICPC) , stressing that perpetrators
of the corrupt practices, had developed new parameters in their financial
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