Two of the judges arrested in recent raids on official residence of judges across the country have described their arrests by the Department of the State Security service as a witch-hunt from the DSS and the Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami, SAN.
Justices Adeniyi Ademola and Nnamdi Dimgba in separate letters to the National Judicial Council attributed their travails in the hands of the law enforcement agents to their past judgments and principled stands.
Both judges are seeking the leave of the NJC to sue the DSS over their arrests and for the violation of their fundamental rights.
Justice Ademola said the Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami, instigated his arrest just to get at him for a past grievances against him.
Justice Ademola also alleged that he was arrested by the DSS because he granted bail to former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and also freed the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu as well as and for using his position as judge to secure his wife’s appointment as the head of civil service through the APC National leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Justice Dimgba, on the other hand, said he was arrested because of the principled stand he took against disobedience to his court order by the DSS.
Meanwhile, a former President of the Nigeria Bar Association and Senior Advocate of Nigeria OCJ OKOCHA says the judges whose official residence were recently invaded and arrested by the Department of State Services are entittled to sue for enforcement of their fundamental rights.
OCJ OKOCHA in an interview with Rhythm fm encouraged the two judges and others who feel that their fundamental rights were violated by the DSS to seek redress in court.
OCJ OKOCHA also said the DSS should be prepared to have their date in court to justify its actions against the judges.
For his part, a Port-Harcourt based lawyer said the law allows private lawyers and other interested citizens of Nigeria to sue the DSS for the violation of the fundamental rights of the judges.
In a related development, the Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution, a pro-democracy coalition, has described Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja division, and the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption Professor Itse Sagay, as threats to democracy and justice.
The group, in a statement by its Co-Convener, Ariyo-Dare Atoye, described the activities of Abang and Professor Itse Sagay as capable of “derailing the hard-earned democracy of the country if nothing urgent is done to call them to order.”
The coalition urged Nigerians to pay close attention to how both of men are “working together, separately, but united by a common purpose to attack the opposition in order to create a fascist state that will serve only the interest of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The coalition admitted that there is corruption in the judiciary which must be tackled within the ambiance of the laws and a possible amendment of the laws if there is any lacuna.