Judges Raid: Reps to intervene in ‘unlawful’ DSS arrests

The House of Representatives today resolved to constitute an Ad- hoc Committee to investigate all cases of unlawful invasion of property and arrest of persons, outside the jurisdiction of the Department of State Service.

The decision was based on a motion raised
under matter of urgent public importance by Hon. Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers) at plenary, in relation to the arrests of six Judges by the DSS.

While defending the motion, Chinda noted that the powers of the DSS as enshrined in Section(2)(3) and (6) of the National Security Agencies Act 1986 do not include investigation and prosecution of corruption and abuse of office.

He also expressed concern hat neither the Attorney General as Nigeria’s Chief Law Officer nor the National Judicial Commission was informed by the DSS before the invasion and arrests were made.

He noted that the provisions of Section 153(1)(i) and part 1 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution establishes the National Judicial Council with power to regulate and discipline judicial officers in the country.

According to the lawmaker, if the invasion is unchecked it may derail Nigeria’s democracy, result in the introduction of jungle justice by citizens and could lead to anarchy. He said the National Assembly desires to protecting the principle of the rule of law and the nation’s democracy.

The motion was however adopted by the House and the Ad- hoc Committee is to report back within six weeks.

Recall that on Saturday 8th October 2016, news was rife of the invasion of residences and arrest of some judges of Federal High Courts and Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in Abuja, Gombe, Enugu, Sokoto, Kano and Port Harcourt.

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