As pressure continues to mount against some arrested Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges of the Federal High Court to step aside over alleged corrupt practices, a group under the umbrella of “The Forum of non- Governmental organisations in Nigeria’ FONGON, yesterday stormed the premises of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in Abuja, demanding that all the arrested judicial officers by the Department of State Services (DSS) in a night raid, step down, pending the outcome of their prosecution.
The protesters, who marched on the Supreme Court premises in Abuja, carried placards with various inscriptions such as: “Stop corruption before it stops you”, “Don’t get it twisted, Judiciary is not on trial, only corrupt officials are”, “Justices are to interpret the law, they are not empowered to interpret hard currencies”, among others.
However, an attempt by the group to enter into the premises of the Supreme Court was blocked by security operatives at the gate of the presidential villa, where the Chairman of the forum, Wole Badmus, addressed journalists.
The group later made a detour and stopped over at the entrance of the National Assembly, where its leader threatened to mobilise 50 other groups to besiege the courts of the affected judicial officers, if they fail to step down.
The judges affected include Justices of the Supreme Court: Sylvester Ngwuta and John Okoro, the suspended Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division; Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya, who was rounded up in Sokoto; Justice Adeniyi Ademola (Federal High Court); the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice I. A. Umezulike; Justice Kabiru Auta of Kano State High Court; and Justice Muazu Pindiga (Gombe State High Court).
Among other demands, FONGON also urged the Federal Government to call Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayo Fayose to order for allegedly using their immunity to obstruct the course of justice.