Saturday, 15 October 2016

MASSIVE TENSION As Military Lawyer, Brig. Gen Plea To Judicial Workers Amid Arrest Of Judges

Updated 10 October, 2016
– A military lawyer, Brig. Gen Idada Ikpomnwen has made a plea to judicial workers and members of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA)

– His plea was a reaction to the arrest of two Supreme Court justices and five other judges 

– He said even though he agrees with the bar association that he must work in line with the dictates of the rule of law

Vanguard reports that former Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army Brig. Gen Idada Ikpomnwen has asked judicial workers and members of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) to reconsider their plans to ground the judiciary to protest the arrest of  judges by the Department of State Service (DSS). 

He said this is so that it will not look like the Bar is pursuing shadows instead of substance. “It must be noted that most of the security agencies have the power of arrest, but we expect that they will be making arrest in areas that are in their scale of job. 

“It does appear to me that there is still a lot of fluidity with regards to who has what responsibility within the law enforcement family,” he said. General Ikpomnwen who was reacting to the arrest of two Supreme Court justices and five other judges, said even though he agrees with the bar association that he must work in line with the dictates of the rule of law.

He continued: “The war they are embarking upon now is on the extreme side and to me, it is like leaving the substance and going for the form. I said this because I do not see any explanation for a judge of any court having N53million in his bedroom.


“And I also say this because the Bar has been so silent about the misconduct of some judges in the past. So why this cry now, when you find judges having so much money in their homes? “I think for whatever anomalies that have been noticed, investigations must go on in the interest of having a sanitized and transparent judiciary. 

“There should be no mistake about it that we have a lot of good judges but the few bad ones should be dealt with like criminals. Government has to start drawing a line between the role of one agency and the other,“ he said. 

However, Ikponmwen urged the federal government to address the matter of job assignments for security agencies to escape replication of jobs which may lead to rivalry. 

He said he expects the DSS to engage in security related investigations and not crime related investigations. Meanwhile, an emerging report suggests that one of the seven judges arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS), has admitted to being a part of the controversial N500m bribery scandal.  

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