House of Reps probes SSS raid on judges’ homes

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday named a committee to investigate weekend’s raid by the State Security Service, SSS, on some judges’ homes across the country.

The motion was tabled by a lawmaker from Rivers State, Chinda Ogundu.

Scores of SSS operatives conducted a night raid of the residences of some judges between Friday and Saturday, accusing the judges of fraud.

The six-state sweep also included Mr. Ogundu’s state of Rivers, where Governor Nyesom Wike foiled an attempt to arrest a judge attached to the Port Harcourt Division of the Federal High Court.

The largely unprecedented operation has continued to generate divergent views amongst Nigerians.

The Senate condemned the raid, but rejected a motion to summon the Director General of SSS, Lawal Daura.

The House also refused to summon Mr. Daura, but said the committee to investigate the circumstance of the raid.

A lawmaker, Mojeed Alabi, suggested that the House should respect the principles of separation of powers and stay away from the matter, but the House approved the motion nonetheless.

Editor’s Note: The House of Representatives denied Mr. Ogundu’s request to summon the SSS DG. Our earlier article regrettably stated otherwise.


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  • mybros

    What’s their business when they have not bee able to investigate allegations against their leadership raised by Jubrin.
    This house really stinks!!!
    Abeg, the dss should ignore them joor. They are no serious at all!!!

  • JasV

    These are nonentities. It will happen to them very soon. Just watch

  • It about time that the Nigerian people got out en mass and revolt against the National assembly. We do not need these people, they have to go! They contribute more pain and damage than good, they are NOT needed. Most of them got to the national assembly through currupt and dubious means. Now that the DSS has ruffle some feathers in the Judiciary, they are afraid that cans of worms are about to spill open. We need nothing short of a revolution now. They have to STOP taking the Nigerian people for a ride. WE DO NOT NEED THE NASS!

  • Conscience

    These guys are jesters. They should please tell us which part of our constitution or any other law prevents DSS or any other security agency with search and arrest warrants from arresting serving judges any time of the day. I dare say NONE. Anyway, I am not surprised. The National Assembly are mostly populated by criminal minds. It is high time Nigerians rose through mass protest to send packing these jesters and change this rotten political system. If I were DG SS, I will ignore the summon and nothing will happen.

    • kinsly

      Forget the uselss block heads. Thats what we shall continue to get from the yeye men in parliament,afterall we ‘elected’ them.

      • thusspokez

        I think you are the block head if you don’t know that they are legislators and it is their job to review and revise any law that is unpopular, misunderstood, misused, etc.

        • Allen

          What about the very unpopular law about their salaries and emoluments, when will they review and revise that?

          • thusspokez

            Piss off! We are not discussing salaries on this forum.

    • thusspokez

      They are performing their constitutional roles as legislators — if you need someone to tell you.

  • Here we go again, nigeria’s brand of democracy having no respect for the principle of separation of powers.

    • Pat

      In as much as people have undue respect for looters without conscience!

  • Man_Enough

    These people do not have any agenda of their own. It’s only when an incident takes place that they start their holier than thou attitude. When will they set up a committee to investigate jibrin’s allegations.

  • thusspokez

    The House of Representatives on Tuesday named a committee to investigate weekend’s raid by the State Security Service, SSS, on some judges’ homes across the country.

    What took them this long? They should review and revise the act of parliament — which created the SSS — and make sure that the SSS roles are clarified as one of preventing, detecting and investigating threat to national security, e.g., espionage,subversion, sabotage, terrorist,separatist agitations, etc.

    There is not need for a parallel or competing police force as Nigeria also has a police force and the EFCC to prosecute corruption, robbery, scam , etc.

    The revised act of parliament must impose bachelor degree as the minimum entry requirement into the SSS. Illiterate gun-toting riff-raffs — which the SSS seems to employ in abundance — have no place in any intelligence agency, let alone, intelligence agency in the 21st century.

    • Pat

      SSS, Police, EFCC and the likes are law enforcement agencies. There duties do interwoven in many cases and in such cases, they have to intervene from the perspective of their statutory responsibility. That is why in advanced country like US you will see Police, FBI, NSA and others responding and jumping into particular incident, issue or event at the same time.

      • thusspokez

        That is why in advanced country like US you will see Police, FBI, NSA and others responding and jumping into particular incident, issue or event at the same time.

        Don’t write nonsense from the point of ignorance. More so in the USA, all these institutions religiously keep to their boundaries of operations.

        There is little overlap. For example. if someone commits a murder in one county, it is handled by the county sheriff and maybe the state police. It is only when the suspect leaves that state or crosses state boundaries that the FBI is called in.

  • Muhammad

    One only hopes that they will learn to use their time better in the future .

  • NwaIgbo

    Also, probe the allegations leveled against the House members by Jibrin and the charges on these roguish judges. APC symbolic broom must do its job of really sweeping away corruption, no complains.

  • Allen

    Why hasn’t the DSS raided and arrested these jobless people after jibrin’s allegations?

  • shitta kunle

    We are still far from promise land in this country.