Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has ask on Monday, blamed the Federal Government’s anti-corruption effort on probing judges.
NBA Called for Immediate Termination of Judges Investigation and Release of Dasuki and El-Zakzaky
According to punch news, the Federal Government anti-corruption has been on investigating judges for the past eight months without any charges filed against them.
In addition the NBA also demanded the release of the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), and the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (also known as Shi’ite), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
These men have been in the custody of the Department of State Services since December 2015 despite various court orders directing the Service and the Federal Government to release them.
The NBA President, Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN) who spoke on press conference on Saturday said, while the continued detention of Dasuki and El-Zakzaky was unjustifiable, judges, who were being probed but were never charged with any offence, should be allowed to resume their judicial functions.
He added that “The NBA wishes to use this opportunity to call on the Federal Government to continually demonstrate religious adherence to the tenets of constitutional democracy. In this regard, the NBA is appalled at the continued detention of certain individuals in blatant disobedience to court orders.
“Amongst these individuals are Sheik Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky and his wife and also Colonel Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser.
“Whilst we recognise the serious charges on which these individuals are held, we nevertheless view their continued detention as unjustified and contrary to the express court orders.
“We call on the government to, without further delay, respect these orders.”
The NBA added, “In the same vein, in the wake of the arrest and detention of certain judicial officers by the DSS, the NBA had taken the view that the judges affected should recuse themselves from judicial functions until the investigations and outcome of those investigations were determined, we note that nearly eight months after those investigations were launched, there are some of the judges, who have not been prosecuted or charged before any court of law.
“This situation is completely unsatisfactory and unacceptable.
“The NBA calls on the government to terminate the investigations against those judges to enable them to resume their work as judicial officials.”
Faulting the current anti-corruption strategy of the Federal Government, the association said there was the need for an urgent review, with attention directed at strengthening existing investigating and prosecuting agencies.
It stated, “It is no longer news that there is endemic corruption in Nigeria. The issue is how we are fighting it.
“While the current efforts by anti-corruption agencies are commendable, it is important to note that the present framework, which is in place for anti-corruption crusade, is defective in structure and does not make for effectiveness of these agencies.
“The NBA still believes that a lot needs to be done in improving the general institutional framework for the fight against corruption.
“Though some successes have been scored, especially following the whistle-blowing policy of the government, it must be remembered that reliance on this whistle-blowing itself is a signal to the overall weakness of policing and anti-crime agencies.
“The NBA therefore calls for more investment in the development of the capacity of anti-corruption agencies. The NBA also calls for greater demonstration of commitment and synergy between the various branches of government.”
Source: Punch News