The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has said that there was no basis for military styled approach in arresting the seven judges over allegation of corruption.
President of the association, Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud, a senior advocate, while addressing newsmen in Abuja condemned the manner of approach employed by the DSS in arresting them.
Seven judges were arrested last weekend over allegations of corruption. They were detained and interrogated for about two days before being released.
Mahmoud said the arrest of the judges should have been done within the ambit of the law.
The bar warned that the country’s judiciary should not be exposed to ridicule and disdain by security operatives under the guise of fighting corruption.
He insisted that the invasion of the houses of the justices in the middle of the night by masked security operatives was not proper, crude and uncivilized.
Mahmud, however said lawyers in the country will not condone any act of indiscipline among judges and will not shield any judge found to have contravened the law.
The NBA president told journalists that the justification of the action of the DSS by the Presidency was not tenable and asked the Presidency to always act within the ambit of the law.
He said the rule of law was compromised, in the way and manner the houses of the judges were invaded by the DSS.
operatives because under the constitution they have no power to dabble into economic matters as they did in the arrest.