DSS Raid, Threat To Democracy, Judiciary Independence – NJC

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The invasion of the residences of seven  judges by the operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) last weekend has been described by the National Judicial Council (NJC) as a threat to democracy.
The council, after its meeting in Abuja, also said the action of the DSS is a threat to Separation of Power and the independence of the judiciary.
The NJC. In a statement issued late last night and signed by Mr. Soki Oye, director of Information  also described the arrest as a clear attempt by the DSS to humiliate, intimidate, denigrate and cow the Judiciary.
The council noted that contrary to the claim by the DSS and as reported in the  media,  it has never received any petition against the two Supreme Court Justices, Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro.
In the case of Justice Muhammed Tsamiya of the Court of Appeal, the council said that it found the judge culpable of professional misconduct at its meeting of September 29 and was consequently recommended to Mr President for compulsory retirement from office following the petition written by one Mr Nnamdi Iro Oji for demanding the sum of N200,000,000 bribe.
“It is to be stressed that from the evidence before the Council, Hon. Justice Ladan Tsamiya did not receive N200m bribe.  The Petitioner adduced evidence to support his allegation that Hon. Justice Tsamiya only demanded for the money.
“In the exercise of its power, Council had suspended Justice Tsamiya from office, pending when the President will act on the recommendation. And Mr. President has approved the recommendation of the Council and compulsorily retired His Lordship from office yesterday, the 12th day of October, 2016”, the council stated.

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