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Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka has denied media reports that he recommended the arrest of more judges in furtherance of the recent clampdown on judges over their alleged involvement in bribery scandals.
Mbaka made this claim in a statement made available to The Nation. He said he was shocked by the report that he called for the arrest of more judges in his sermon during the special church service to mark this years’ legal year organized by the Enugu state judiciary.
According to him, he didn’t call for the arrest of more judges instead he prayed for all the judges showering them with blessings, and at the same time admonishing them to be upright in the discharge of their duties as the last hope of the common man.
He said: “For me, Judges should be beyond corruption because they are like ‘God’; if they make mistake in sentencing an innocent man the person will die in jail. They can save life, they can destroy life. The judiciary should not be merchandized; nobody should think he can purchase justice.
“I raised the question about the arrest; are we sure that the judges arrested are guilty of what they are accused of? For me, if judges could be arrested let them be well examined; if found culpable, punishment could be meted out. I suggested strongly that the arrest of judges should not be selective; that the arrest should be 360 degrees coverage. So if the judges were arrested, what about those who gave the money; were they exonerated?
“While arresting the judges, I suggested that those who gave them the money, if actually they were given money for fraudulent purposes, should equally be arrested. So the arrest should even go to the senators who were found culpable; it should go to the House of Reps, it should even be extended to the executives. People working for Buhari who are corrupt should equally be arrested and that is when the arrest should represent justice, equity and fair play; it should not be only for judges.”