The invasion of the homes of judges and the arrest of over four of them by the Department of State Services was condemned by the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, lawyers and some human rights groups.

Read what Yinka Odumakin, the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, said to reporters:

“It is executive lawlessness and usurpation of investigative functions of the judicial arm of government. It was not done with the authority of the National Judicial Council as stipulated in our constitution.

“We are certainly descending into a deeper dictatorship trajectory than we have ever witnessed in our polity even during military interregnum.

“If judges can come under this raw show of naked power, what would be the fate of the everyday citizens? This is a new low never witnessed in our country and all lovers of justice, democracy and decency must condemn this barbaric act.”