The Presidency has said the on-going `surgical operation’ against some judicial officers is specifically targeted at corruption and not at the judiciary as an institution.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, made the clarification in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

According to Shehu, the president reserves his highest respect for the institution of the judiciary as the third arm of government and will not do anything to undermine its independence.

Shehu said Buhari remained a committed democrat, “in words and in his actions, and will not take any action in violation of the constitution.

“In a robust democracy, such as ours, there is bound to be a plurality of opinions on any given issue but there is a convergence of views that the country has a corruption problem that needs to be corrected.

“But reports by a section of the media are giving us cause for concern.’’

The Presidential aide advised that, in undertaking the task of reporting, the media should be careful about the fault lines they opened.

“It is wrong to present this incident as a confrontation between the executive and judicial arms of government,’’ he said

Shehu said the Presidency had received assurances from the Department of Security Services (DSS) that all due processes of the law, including the possession of search and arrest warrants, were obtained before the searches on some judges.

“To suggest that the government is acting outside the law in a dictatorial manner is to breach the interest of the state,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the arrest of three judges for alleged corruption has angered some stakeholders in the judiciary, especially Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).

The NBA has asked the president to order the release of the judges or face the consequences.
SYC/JCE


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  • vic

    PRESIDENT BUHARI, I GIVE YOU 110% FOR YOUR DRIVE TO LOCK UP THESE CORRUPT JUSTICES FOR E-MASS CORRUPTION IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. IGNORE THE NOISE MAKERS AND GANGSTERS IN THE JUDICIARY AND ELSE WHERE WHO ARE UNREASONABLY GANGING AGAINST YOU. DO A THOROUGH CLEANING, NONE OF THEM SHOULD BE SPARED. A MAJORITY OF NIGERIANS SUPPORT YOU ON THIS BUT ALSO CLEAN CRONIES AND THE CORRUPT FROM YOUR OWN PARTY. TELL US MORE STORIES OF LOOT RECOVERED FROM THESE TRAITOR JUDGES WHO FAILED TO UPHOLD THEIR OATH. ANY COUNTRY WHERE JUDGES AND JUSTICE SYSTEMARE CORRUPT IS DEAD.

  • Benny agafa

    Those that are caring at the top of their voices are those that are aiding corruption in the country and since the arm of the law are coming closer, they are making unnecessary noise. Ride on mr president the masses are behind you. Their salaries since they started work put together in not up to what is in their account.