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PostOjukwu1 on Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:25 am

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POST.NG President Muhammadu Buhari is currently under pressure to intensify his ongoing anticorruption crusade in the Judiciary.
 
A civil society group has demanded that all judges recently arrested and released by the Department of States Security Services, DSS, be given a  7 years jail term, if they are found guilty of corruptly enriching themselves and subverting justice.
 
A group under the ‎aegis of Centre for Human Rights and Social ‎Justice, CHRSJ, which is drawn from; The Christian Awareness Mission‎ Group, CAMG, Passengers Fundamental Rights Group, PATRGIA, The Islamic Political Awareness Group, TIPAG, Centre for Social Justice and Equity ‎of Nigeria, CESJEN, and Veteran Groups for Operation Clean Crusade, VGOCC.
Others are: ‎Apata-Aiyeraye Social Political Volunteer Group, ASPVG, De-Mainstream Independent Group, DMIG, Coalition Against Illegal Arrest & ‎Unlawful Detention, CAIA&UD, ‎Centre for Constitutional Rights and Counter Corruption, ‎Crusader, Save Lagos Group, SLG, The Conscience ‎Mainstream, TCM, African Masses Voices for Survival, AMVS, The ‎Christians Youths for the Peoples’ Rights and ‎Development, CYPRD, and Islamic Movement for Muslims’ Rights, IMMR, among several others.
 
According to them, ‎any corrupt Judge found guilty of corruption by any Court of Competent Jurisdiction should bag jail term of 7 years in consonance with ‎sections 98, 99 and 494 of the Criminal Code of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Section 172 & 209 and part 5th schedule, part 1 of ‎section 6&8 of the amended 1999 Constitution.
 
While decrying the recent ‎approach of DSS, ‎in arresting Judges of the Federal High and Supreme Court, over ‎corrupt practices by invading their Houses with unconventional weapons,‎ which is inimical to the code of conduct of a security agents, the group advised President Buhari to ‎extend its anti-corruption crusade to the State Judiciary of the Federation, where the corrupt practices have been nurturing to the ‎highest ebb.
 
The group speaking through its National Coordinator, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi ‎Sulaiman, said, “The fight against the cancer of corruption in ‎Nigeria should be dealt with frontally because the menace has ‎affected every segment of our society which impeding the nation’s ‎socio-economic and political development and growth.
 
“With the ‎revelation from the operation of the men of the Department of State ‎Security Service, DSS, that millions of naira was met in the houses ‎of the affected Judges, thorough, credible and unbiased investigation ‎should be conducted into the whole saga and all the affected Judges ‎should be prosecuted according to the law of the Land.
 
“But, by not ‎following the rule of law in the fight against corruption may capable ‎of disturbing the struggle against the menace.
 
“By now, the Judiciary, particularly, the Bench should purge itself of ‎corruption which has been in the highest ebb in the arm of government ‎because with the happening in the judiciary today, our Country is ‎going to extinction.
 
“The Bench that are supposed to be in the vanguard ‎of crusade against corruption now, soiled its hand with the bribery ‎scandal and no fewer than Seventy–Five percent (75%) of Nigerian ‎Judges since 2007 are billionaires through ill-gotten wealth.
 
“All ‎the Judges that participated in Election Petitions Tribunals since ‎2007 till date should be investigated and after found guilty, their ill-gotten wealth and property should be confiscated to become the ‎wealth and property of the country”, the group said.
 
It concluded by calling on the President to strengthen the anti-graft agencies, such as the ‎Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and Independent ‎Corrupt Practices and Other Related offences Commission, ICPC in order to be able to track 21st century financial crimes.

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