Group petitions NHRC, demands apology, compensation for arrested judges

Group petitions NHRC, demands apology, compensation for arrested judges

- A human rights group has called on federal government to apologise to some judges who were arrested in 2016

- The judges were arrested by the Department of State Security Service, but later freed for want of evidence

- The affected judges are: Inya Okoro of supreme court, Uwani Abba Aji of court of appeal and Agbadu James Fishim of national industrial court

Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has been asked to compel the federal government to apologise to judges who were arrested by the Department of State Security Service (DSS) in 2016, but later freed for want of evidence.

This request was made by a human rights group, Citizens Rights Realisation and Advancement Network (CRRAN).

This was contained in a petition addressed to the executive secretary of NHRC and titled: “A Frightened and Terrorised Judiciary: Demand for apology and compensation to Judges arrested by Department of State Security Services in 2016, but were not later charged to court for lack of evidence to sustain charges against them.”

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The affected judges are: Inya Okoro of supreme court, Uwani Abba Aji of court of appeal and Agbadu James Fishim of national industrial court.

“It is submitted that it is good to fight corruption in the judiciary but what happens in a situation where judicial officers are arrested, detained and dragged in the mud and after the whole episode, the security agencies were not able to find anything incriminating against them?

“A Judiciary that has been terrorised and frightened is the same as a corrupt judiciary as citizens can never get justice in both situations. Our random investigation and analyses of Nigeria Judiciary reveal that most Judges in Nigeria are so much afraid of the executives and we can never witness any radical judgments from the courts as obtainable in the past, even against the Military governments that ruled the country in the past.

“The judges became so afraid because after the arrest and detention of some judges in October 2016, and despite the humiliation, the Department of State Security Services could not get any evidence to sustain criminal charges against some judges and despite the clear infraction on the rights of these judges no apology was tendered by the government.

“Justice John Inyang Okoro, of the Supreme Court was arrested and detained by the Department of State Security Services (DSS) for committing no offence. Others arrested in the October 2016, raid on Judges’ home and no evidence to sustain the criminal charge against them are Justice Uwani Abba Aji of the Court of Appeal; Justice Musa H. kurya of the Federal High Court and Justice Agbadu James Fishim of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria,” CRRAN stated.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the African Democratic Congress called on the National Assembly to declare Bukola Saraki as president of the country.

This was contained in a statement by the national chairman of the party, Chief Ralphs Nwosu, and signed by its publicity secretary, Yemi Kolapo on Sunday, January 27.

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