The Nigerian Bar Association, has faulted the Federal Government’s anti-corruption strategy, and called for the immediate termination of the investigation of judges that has been on for the past eight months without any charges filed against them.
The NBA also demanded the release of the immediate past National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, Retired, and the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, also known as Shi’ite, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
Reports have it that both 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.
At a press conference in Abuja, the NBA President, Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), 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.
Mahmoud also called on the Federal Government to continually demonstrate religious adherence to the tenets of constitutional democracy stressing that the NBA is appalled at the continued detention of certain individuals in blatant disobedience to court orders.
The association also advocated a better cooperation between the legislature and the executive, especially as it related to the leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which is currently being headed in acting capacity by Mr. Ibrahim Magu.
Magu was twice nominated by the Presidency to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive chairman of the EFCC but was rejected on the two occasions.
He commended the various reform initiatives in the judiciary since the Justice Walter Onnoghen’s appointment as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.