BREAKING: Judges Boycott Courts In Abuja To Protest Arrest Of Colleagues

Judges in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday abandoned their various duty posts to protest last weekend’s arrest of their colleagues in different parts of the country on allegations of corruption.

The Department of State Security (DSS), which carried out the arrests, claimed to have found incriminating documents and foreign currencies in the homes of the affected judicial officers.

The journalists who besieged the Magistrate court located at the Life Camp in Abuja as early as 8:00 am to cover the arraignment of the arrested judges waited endlessly as the case neither came up nor did the judges appear.

It was gathered that some of the judges boycotted the courtroom in solidarity with their colleagues, and were attending a meeting at the FCT High Court in Maitamawhere a position will be taken either to declare a total boycott of the courts or to maintain a neutral posture in the matter.

One of the lawyers who spoke to journalists, Princewell Ebubedike berated the action of the judges saying it would amount to aiding and abetting corruption in the judiciary, which is the last hope of the common man, thereby eroding public confidence in the justice system. He condemned the manner in which the security agents made their arrests without proper recourse to procedure.

Buhari is not Eloquent, Says Okupe on Buhari’s Decision to Boycott Debate

Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe has described the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Party, APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as an illiterate. Okupe was reacting to the plan by the opposition party to boycott the presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Election Debate Group (NEDG) over what they tagged as ‘unhidden bias’.

Okupe claimed that APC decided to avoid the debate to save Buhari from shame, as he did not have record of performance, education and eloquency needed for a debate to match President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He tweeted, “If APC didn’t withdraw from the debate, they would have been stupid. Their candidate has no record of performance. Neither is he educated nor eloquent”.

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Buhari Boycotts Presidential Debate

The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhamamadu Buhari will not participate in the presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Election Debate Group (NEDG).

He said his decision to boycott the debate is because of the unhidden bias and campaign of calumny by some key organisers of the programme against the corporate political interest of his party and his personality.

Buhari, who spoke through the Director of Media and Publicity of his campaign team, Garba Shehu, said the NEDG was wearing the toga of government and composed mainly of agencies and allies of the incumbent PDP -led administration

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