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Protesters Storm S’ Court, Demand Judges Under Investigation to Step Down

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Protesters on Wednesday stormed the Supreme Court, demanding that all Judges under investigation by the Department of State Services (DSS) should step down until they clear their names.
The Protesters, under the aegis of Forum of Non-Governmental Organisations in Nigeria, FONGON, insisted that all the seven High and Supreme court Judges that were arrested by the Department of State Service, DSS, between October 7 and 8, must vacate the Bench.
They said the ‘step down’ protest became necessary “since the conniving National Judicial Council (NJC), is not willing to suspend them”.
The protesters 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,”
The Judges are yet to be officially arraigned before any court of law in Nigeria.
Convener, Wole Badmus, said they would mobilise Nigerians to besiege courts presided by the accused Judges, should they fail to step down.
“Even though the arrested judges/justices have not been declared guilty by any court of law, they have been tainted in the court of public opinion and their positions are no longer tenable until they have been able to clear themselves of all allegations against them”, Badmus added.
Meanwhile, heavily armed security operatives comprising of Soldiers, DSS and mobile police men, blocked the protesters from gaining entrance into the Supreme Court complex.

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