Monday, October 10, 2016 1:29 pm
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed has broken his silence on Saturday’s arrest of some judicial officers by men of the Department of State Services (DSS) over allegations of corruption.
The CJN spoke at a valedictory court session held in honour of retiring Justice Suleiman Galadima of the Supreme Court on Monday morning described the arrest of the judicial officers as regrettable, saddening and unfortunate.
He however said the National Judicial Council, NJC will meet tomorrow to take a stand on the matter, urging Nigerians to be calm.
“My Lords, invited guests, ladies and gentlemen, not to distract from this occasion, it is indeed very saddening and deeply regrettable, the distressing and unfortunate incident, which occurred on Friday, 7th October and Saturday 8th October, 2016.
“However, I must ask all Nigerians to remain calm and prayerful, as an emergency meeting of the National Judicial Council (NJC) will take place tomorrow, will comprehensively look into the matter.
“Furthermore, I must express my sincere appreciation to the executive of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), ably led by the President, Abubakar B. Mahmud (SAN) and indeed, all members of the legal profession for their prompt action and continued support.”