The Nigerian Bar Association has lashed out at the State Security Service for raiding the homes of some senior judges across the country.
At a hastily organised press conference in Lagos, Saturday, the apex lawyers’ body demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the two Supreme Court judges allegedly arrested by the SSS during the raid.
“We condemn the raids in the strongest possible terms,” said Abubakar Mahmoud, president of the body.
“We are in a democratic society and we cannot accept a situation where armed, masked SSS operatives invade homes of the justices of the Supreme Court and judges of our high courts.
“This is a ploy by the executive to intimidate the judiciary and we will not accept it. The NBA will not accept it. I want to emphasise again that we’re not under military rule and we cannot accept this Gestapo style of operations.”
An overnight assault on some senior judges in six states by the SSS late Friday and early Saturday resulted in the arrest of some judges.