‘Arrest of Judges was attack on corruption, not Judiciary’

The Federal Government has described the arrest of some Judges by the Department of State Securities (DSS) as an attack on corruption not Judiciary.
 In a statement at the weekend, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, explained that the President reserves his highest respect for the institution of the judiciary as the third arm of government.
 According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari remained a committed democrat in words and in actions and will not take any action in violation of the constitution.
  He said: “The recent surgical operation against some judicial officers is specifically targeted at corruption and not at the judiciary as an institution.
“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.
“But reports by a section of the media are giving us cause for concern.
“In undertaking the task of reporting, the media should be careful about the fault lines they open. It is wrong to present this incident as a confrontation between the executive and judicial arms of government.”
He explained that the Presidency has received assurances from the DSS that all due processes of the law, including the possession of search and arrest warrants were obtained before the operations.