The National Judicial Council, NJC has described last weekend’s arrest, detention and subsequent release of seven Judges in a nationwide raid as an attempt to intimidate the judiciary.
A statement by the council signed by SOJI OYE, its Spokesman also described the treatment of the judges as a threat to the independence of the judiciary.
The position of the NJC, which was aimed at after a two-day emergency meeting highlighted what it called a grave concern about the events leading to the arrest of the judges without complying with the rule of law and due process.
The NJC denied shielding judges accused of corruption and debunked claims by the Department of State Services that the council failed to act on petitions sent against the judges.
However, the NJC said it shall continue to support the President BUHARI administration in its fight against corruption in all its ramifications and in cleansing the judiciary of corrupt judicial officers.
Our correspondent reports that the NJC position paper also ratified the recommendation of Supreme Court Justice WALTER ONNOGHEN as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria.