The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has condemned the arrest of and assault on some judges across Nigeria following the raid of their residences by the Department of State Services (DSS).
The night raid, according to LEDAP, was a flagrant assault on the rule of law and interference with the integrity and independence of the judiciary.
“It amounts to crass intimidation of judges, which is the first line of attack of dictatorships,” it said.
Chino Obiagwu, National Coordinator LEDAP called on all lawyers to rise in unison to condemn this attack on the judiciary by the Executive, and in solidarity and in protest to boycott the courts next week from Monday October 10 to Friday October 14 2016 in order to send strong message to President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime that the legal profession will not stand by and watch the desecration and denigration of the judiciary.
“It is to the detriment of the Bar and Bench in Nigeria for the security agencies to make spurious allegations and illegally try judges in the pages of newspapers. It raises wrong and unjustified public perception of the justice system, and impugns on public confidence in justice and governance.
“LEDAP calls on the federal government to immediately investigate and punish security officials implicated in this unwholesome act. It was wrong to execute improperly issued and illegally executed search warrants at night on judges, and in any event, without prior recourse to the head of the judiciary. The constitutional principle of separation of powers is sacrosanct and once eroded, will drive Nigeria to a tyranny” Obiagwu said.
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