President Muhammadu Buhari has explained that the weekend’s raid of some of the judges’ quarters and arrest of some of them in several states in the country is part of measures to rid the country of corruption.
Buhari in a statement by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said the raid was not aimed at undermining the judiciary as being interpreted in some quarters.
The president said he is still committed to the rule of law and respect the judiciary.
The president who described the raid in which about seven judges were arrested, as a surgical operation, expressed concern over reports in a section of media that it was a fall-out from conflict between the presidency and judiciary
As at Sunday night, seven of the judges arrested during the Saturday overnight raid which department of security service (DSS) said was a sting operation are still with the security agency.
They include a justice of the supreme court, a federal high court judge, two state high court judges, a judge of the court of appeal, and a state Chief Judge.