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WHY CORRUPT JUDGES SHOULD BE JAILED-ACTIVISTS

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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

Detention (CAIA&UD).
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'

Rights(IMMR),Divine
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

and growth.
“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

investigation
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

crimes.
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