The Presidency has confirmed that the arrest of several judges by the Department of State Security Services, was part of the fight against corruption and not an attack on the country’s Judiciary.
This was made known by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu. He said President Muhammadu Buhari, has utmost respect for the Judicial system, and would do nothing to insult or reduce the power of the third arm of government in the country.
“The recent surgical operation against some judicial officers is specifically targeted at corruption and not at the judiciary as an institution.
“In a robust democracy such as ours, there is bound to be a plurality of opinions on any given issue, but there is a convergence of views that the country has a corruption problem that needs to be corrected.
“But reports by a section of the media are giving us cause for concern.
“In undertaking the task of reporting, the media should be careful about the fault lines they open. It is wrong to present this incident as a confrontation between the executive and judicial arms of government.”
While noting that the DSS assured the President that its personnel followed due process by obtaining a search warrant before proceeding for to arrest the Judges.
However, Mr. Garba denounced outcry from Nigerians who described the DSS action as a deliberate act by the President, to exercise dictatorial powers against individuals who are not his allies.