More facts have emerged regarding the last weekend arrest of seven judicial officers including two justices of the Supreme Court by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) in connection with their alleged involvement in professional misconduct and criminal allegation of corruption.
This is because the embattled judge of the Federal high court bench, Justice Adeniyi Ademola has broken his silence over the arrest, saying the entire drama was calculated to humiliate him in revenge for his courage to step on sensitive toes as far back as 2004 and 2016.
He specifically fingered the sitting Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami as the mastermind of his on-going plight.
He alleged that the chief law officer of the federation, Mr Abubakar Malami was the one that used the agents of the DSS to get at him in order to humiliate him in revenge for what he (Malami) passed through under him in 2004 when he (AGF) was allegedly engaged in professional misconduct and was brought to his (Ademola’s) court.
In a letter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmoud Mohammed, the embattled high court judge also put a lie to the claim by the DSS that his arrest followed due process of the law.
He said he was held for over 24 hours before he was told the reason why he was brought to the DSS office which he claimed should not be so.
His letter containing details of his account was dated October 11, 2016.
According to him, he said the operatives of the DSS held him for many hours without telling him why his house was raided only to be ordered to sign a document
According to him “…Upon signing the document, they told me that I am under arrest and ordered me with guns, still pointed at me, to move outside.
“As I was going, they told me they were taking me to their office, Department of State Services (DSS) office, without showing any warrant of arrest.
“I obeyed them and about six o’clock in the morning, I was whisked away from my residence to the DSS office without any warrant of arrest or reason for my arrest.
“From the time of my arrival at the DSS office, at about 6:45am on 8/10/2016, I was not told what my crime was for over 24 hours till the evening of 9/10/2016.
“A DSS official finally informed me that my arrest was based on these three allegations: a petition of Hon. Jenkins Duvie dated 4th of April 2016 to the National Judicial Council (NJC); granting bail to Col. Sambo Dasuki and the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu; and using my office to secure my wife’s appointment as the head of civil service, through Senator Bola Tinubu”, the letter reads.
Ademola however said he saw his arrest principally as revenge from Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), whose arrest and detention he ordered over a professional misconduct in Kano between 2004 and 2008.
“What is more intriguing in this whole episode is that I see it as a vendetta/revenge from the Hon. Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
“Whilst I was in Kano between 2004 and 2007 as a federal high court judge, he was involved in a professional misconduct necessitating his arrest and detention by my order,” he said.
Bar and Bench Watch reports that the National Judicial Council (NJC) had also dismissed the DSS as a common liar by alleging that it arrested the seven judges for failing to honour its invitations.
The NJC had alleged last week Thursday night that there was no single petition against either of the two justices of the Supreme Court arrested by the DSS neither was there any invitation from the DSS to the Supreme Court justices to defend any allegation.
The Council had wondered why the DSS had to humiliate sitting judges of a sacred institution like the Supreme Court of Nigeria and declared that from all intents and purposes, the arrest was meant to harass and cow the judiciary to which it said it would not buckle.