TVC N. Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), few days ago backed the Department of State Services (DSS) on the raid on judges, insisting that the service did not err in law by arresting the judges.
DSS on October 7 raided the homes of some judges and arrested them on allegations of corruption.
Speaking at the presentation of the committee’s report yesterday in Abuja, Executive Secretary of PACAC, Bolaji Owasanoye, said there was no law conferring immunity on judges.
“There is no law anywhere that says judges cannot be arrested. Let’s remove sentiments. In these instances, they DSS followed the law. Judges can be arrested. Take Saraki for example, he is the number 3 citizen and he is having his day in court; how can you say judges cannot be arrested?”
On delays in the trials of high-profile persons, the executive secretary accussed the courts of complicity in the delays stating: “Cases are delayed because defence lawyers don’t want them to continue, and unfortunately the court is tolerating them.
“Cross-examination has been going on for three months in Saraki’s case at CCT. What this shows is that if you steal enough, you can freeze the system. We are not saying people must go to jail; we are saying let the law work.”