Nigeria Presidency Denies DSS Sting Operation Targeted At Judiciary

The Presidency yesterday explained that the ongoing “surgical operation” against some judges is specifically targeted at corruption and not the judiciary as an institution.

The Presidency made the clarification in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

It said President Muhammadu Buhari has the highest regards for the institution of the judiciary as the third arm of government and will not do anything to undermine its independence.

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The statement, which was issued by Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, said Buhari remained a committed democrat, “in words and in his actions, and will not take any action in violation of the constitution.

“In a robust democracy, such as ours, there is bound to be a plurality of opinions on any given issue but there is a convergence of views that the country has a corruption problem that needs to be corrected.

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“But reports by a section of the media are giving us cause for concern”.

Malam Shehu advised that, in undertaking the task of reporting, the media should be careful about the fault lines they opened.

“It is wrong to present this incident as a confrontation between the executive and judicial arms of government”, he said

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He said the Presidency had received assurances from the Department of Security Services (DSS) that all due processes of the law, including the possession of search and arrest warrants, were obtained before the searches on some judges.

“To suggest that the government is acting outside the law in a dictatorial manner is to breach the interest of the state”, he said.