Protesters storm NBA HQs, warn against support for arrested judges

protesters-against-nbaMembers of a civil society group operating under the name and style of Nigerians United Against Corruption (NUAC) on Thursday stormed the Headquarters of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), asking it to stop backing judges arrested by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) at the weekend.

The protesters who carried placards with various inscriptions are also demanding immediate suspension of the affected judges.

They contended that the exhibits already displayed before the court of public opinion by operatives of the DSS were enough to ex-communicate the affected judges.

Some of the messages on their placards read:  “A corrupt judge is worse than Boko Haram; Corruption must die in Nigeria; We support more arrest of corrupt Nigerians, among others.”

Led by Ogenyi Okpokwu, NUAC, said it had documented its comprehensive demands in a letter which it said must be handed over personally to the President of the NBA, Mr Mahmoud Mohammed (SAN).

The letter was however received by a representative of the NBA president, Mr Ezekiel David from the civil society organization.

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It would be recalled that some judges including two Supreme Court judges were arrested by the DSS over the weekend.

The judges were serving in various jurisdictions including Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, Enugu and Gombe before the arrest.

Some of them are Justice Adeniyi Ademola, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba and Justice Sylvester Ngwuta