A spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu has said that raids on judges carried out by DSS were part of an anti-corruption drive and were not an attack on the judiciary.
The Department of State Services (DSS) on Saturday said it seized $800,000 in cash found during raids on the judges' premises that were conducted in the last few days. It said the judges were from the supreme, appeal and high courts.
"President Buhari remains a committed democrat, in words and in his actions, and will not take any action in violation of the constitution," his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said in a statement.
"The recent surgical operation against some judicial officers is specifically targeted at corruption and not at the judiciary as an institution," he added.
Shehu said Buhari respected the judiciary and did not seek to undermine its independence, adding that the DSS assured the president that the relevant search and arrest warrants were obtained before the searches were conducted.