The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has concluded plans to dismiss judges it deems corrupt, Nigerian Times has learnt. Multiple sources at a not-to-be-reported meeting senior administration officials held with managing directors of media houses at the Banquet Hall of the Aso Villa confirmed the story to this newspaper.
The meeting, which held on Friday 9th of September, had Mallam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff, Daura Lawal, Director General of the SSS and National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno in attendance. Indeed, the meeting was at the instance of the the president but he had to withdraw from attending the meeting when saharareporters.com reported a few days to the meeting that the regime was inviting media executives to Abuja to bribe them.
The meeting started off quite well with a genial appeal by the officials for the support of media houses for the administrations policies and programmes. However, the meeting soon got to the questions/advice item at which a point a guest stood up to the upbraid the regime’s refusal to heed court judgements it deemed unfavourable : “ This administration seems to have brought back impunity as a tool of denying Nigerians their civil rights. How can a court grant people bail and the government would flagrantly disobey court orders?”, he wondered.
Munguno, the NSA, responded and his response left no one in doubt as to the regime’s game plan. He first asked the questioner which media house he represented. It turned out to be The Nation Newspapers, owned by former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu. He sighed audibly and then began: “Impunity ! Impunity! Impunity! This government has no record of disobeying court orders. In the few cases where we have done so, it is because we have credible evidence that the judgements were procured by the accused”.
Continuing:“ You all will soon see the number of judges we have investigated and have found to be corrupt. We shall soon start putting them in handcuffs. They are many but no amount of blackmail will stop us”. At which point a chill descended on the meeting.
The Buhari administration has found the trials of certain detainees quite challenging. Amongst whom are, Sambo Dasuki, former NSA, Daniel Kanu of IPOB and El- Zakzaky, leader of the Shiite movement in Nigeria whose members had a bloody confrontation with the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai. And though the president himself had pointedly accused the judiciary of corruption none has been brought to trial.
-The Nigerian Times