Why we’re against SSS raid on judges’ homes – Senate

Nigerian Senate
Nigerian Senate

The Nigerian Senate, on Tuesday, condemned the raid on judges’ homes weekend, but refused to summon the Director General of the State Security Service, Lawan Daura, over the matter.

In a motion brought as matter of urgent national importance by Joshua Lidani (PDP-Gombe), the Senate was asked to look into the action of the SSS which led to arrest of seven judges in the early hours of Saturday.

One of the resolutions canvassed by Mr. Lidani was that the Senate should invite Mr. Daura to explain why his agency carried out the action the way it did without deference to the constitutional responsibility of the National Judicial Council.

The prayer was denied.

The Senate affirmed support “in entirety” for the anti-corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari, “including the efforts to sanitize the Judiciary”.

But lawmakers criticised the SSS’ operations.

The Senate asked its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters headed by David Umaru (APC-Niger) to review all laws regarding the country’s security agencies and report back in four weeks.

Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi) said the SSS had a legitimate mandate to handle matters involving economic crimes of national security scale, making reference to the National Security Agencies Act.

Mr. Melaye, however, queried “how does bribery and corruption and official misconduct become threat to internal security?”

“SSS overstepped their boundary and abused their mandate,” he said.

Suleiman Hukunyi (APC-Kaduna) also asked the security institutions to remain within the mandate provided by the law.

“The Senate is irreversibly committed to assisting this government in fighting corruption,” Bala Na’Allah (APC-Kebbi) said in his contribution.

He added that if the SSS action was right “it would not have generated this hullabaloo”.

Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, said he supported the prayer that Mr. Daura be invited. Other speakers were silent on that prayer.

He joked that many of his colleagues had gone to urinate to avoid commenting on the SSS action because of the risk of having security operatives “jump over their fences tomorrow”.

“We support the president but we must ensure survival of democracy,” he said.

He said just as former governors were treated as criminal suspects abroad, nobody would have confidence in any judgement from the Nigerian courts given SSS action.

In his remarks, Mr. Saraki said going against the law “does not help the war against corruption”.


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  • veritas

    The Senate asked its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters headed by David Umaru (APC-Niger) to review all laws regarding the country’s security agencies and report back in four weeks.
    Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi) said the SSS had a legitimate mandate to handle matters involving economic crimes of national security scale, making reference to the National Security Agencies Act.

    Mr. Melaye, however, queried “how does bribery and corruption and official misconduct become threat to internal security?”
    “SSS overstepped their boundary and abused their mandate,” he said.
    Suleiman Hukunyi (APC-Kaduna) also asked the security institutions to remain within the mandate provided by the law.

    Thats the problem with the Nigerian security bodies. They all seem to want the job and jurisdiction of the police. I heard the SSS accuse the police of unlawful acts and warning suspected Judges. That is a big fat lie. This is the SSs wanting to paint the police black so they can get more budgetry allocation to do the police job because thats what its all about. Like the army Having amphibious units and Army marines and have more boats than the navy, police, customs, immigration put together. How come the EFCC arrest people and corrupt politicians and theres no tip off? the EFCC agents are all police officers. so where is the legitimacy of the SSS accusation? SSS are operatives of the executive and answer only to the presidency.

  • Greatman

    The real reason the senate condemned the arrest of judes is because any serious fight against corruption will take its toll on the senate. Today’s senate is composed of the same people who looted our treasury-ex governors, ex minister etc-the same people who bribed judes to either win electoral cases or frustrate curruption cases against them. So they are naturally affraid that if this fire is allowed to continue to burn it is bound to catch up with them. You cannot separate corrupt jugdes from corrupt politicians. That is the real reason they want to hide under ‘rule of law’ or ‘separation of powers ‘ to continue to enjoy their loot. Our power infrastructure , good roads , housing , hospitals, schools etc are in their bank accounts.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      “Our power infrastructure, good roads, housing, hospital, schools etc are in their bank accounts “.How true, my brother, how true. You just articulated this mess for even a child to understand. Respect, sir

  • www.electionoffenders.ng

    The Questions Are: Was It Done Legally? Was Any Law Broken?
    If The Action Was lawful, Everything Else is A Matter of Personal Opinion & Not Matters of Law.

    Lets Fight For Nigeria! Let Fight For Our Future: www electionoffenders ng

    • vincent

      The answer is yes.sections 44(1),45 and 47 of the constitution was violated. The action was unlawful. This not personal opinion but legal opinion. We do not have to ‘fight’ for Nigeria;Just be law abiding and everything will be in place. You do not fight to implement the law against corruption.
      We are not war.Thanks.

  • Du Covenant

    I am honestly bewildered at the criticism of the actions of DSSS with regards to these judges?. What type of society do we want to build in Nigeria?. These judges are not from Mars, why should they be accorded special treatment especially when the same people have not respected the oath they took and have brought disrepute to offices they occupy. They are Nigerians,they are human just like anyone of us. I support the DSSS 110% if they had all the warrants required to raid them and no one should be above the laws of the land including these judges. If you do not want to be treated like a criminal, do not hangout with dodgy people simple. The DSSS are just doing their job and we should allow them do it. The Nigerian judiciary is complicit in the destruction of our moral fabric in society, they support criminals that have stolen us dry and I have no sympathy for them!.

    • Rollingdollar

      You are missing the point. The DSS simply ruined a good case because of their incompetence and military mentality. Why do you have to bulldoze into a judge residence in the middle of the night in a gestapo style. Their action has caused the citizens to panic and say if a judge can be treated so shabbily what if an ordinary man. Nobody supports corruption but you must fight it in a decent way.

      • Du Covenant

        With all due respect, I think you are the one missing the point. There is nothing wrong with raid criminals, suspects you name it in the middle of the night. The judges in Nigeria deserve to be shabbily treated like anyone else, they one of us why should only some of us be at the receiving end of shabby treatment day in day out?. They have disrespected their exalted position in society and deserve what they get. No one should be above the laws of the land, this is how normal societies function. Where is the decency in Nigeria where public officials think our commonwealth belongs to them?

  • FreeNigeria

    Nobody care about what the NASS think of say, because it’s a NASS of rogues and thieves.

  • absam777

    “Mr. Melaye, however, queried “how does bribery and corruption and official misconduct become threat to internal security?”

    Here lies the quality of the mind of a senator of Nigeria . If bribery and corruption is not a security matter in a nation, what else qualifies?

    • vincent

      It does not, in anyway, qualify as internal security matter. That is a very wrong construction of legal term,Sir.

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        It qualifies as an internal security matter, sir. As someone said earlier on this forum, Judges’s decisions are binding on the society,so when they sell justice the very fabric of the society is threatened .Anyway, sir, as I said earlier somewhere on this forum, arrest is not prosecution. In essence, government may use Boys Scouts or even you, to arrest a (suspected)criminal .I think you should know this, sir, as I suspect you are a liar, ah, sorry, lawyer

        • Aloy Kris

          And government can also release “suspected” criminals on self recognition right?

          • Tunji Olarewaju

            Yes, police sef dey grant bail. I’ve told you to go back to JSS 3,you may get it right this time around

        • Rick Eson

          You are so right.

      • absam777

        I am not sure what you mean by “legal term”. When you have a few individuals corruptly hiding the majority of money for the whole people, there would be economic meltdown which is known as recession. Hunger in the land would lead to anarchy. I can go on and on about the security consequences of corruption. Also, this same individuals can bring a government down with their corrupted money. Laws are enacted for the security of the people. It is not a term or any fancy word. This is based on logical reasoning.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    A bunch of useless and corrupt legislators led by two heavily corrupt men in the Senate leader Saraki and House leader Dogara . They have already failed to carry out their oversight duty of protecting the independence of the Judiciary. Tomorrow it might be their turn to come under the jackboot of our new tin-pot hitler called Buhari .

  • Owenz

    It is expected that the senators will be critical. One day it will be their turn to be arrested in the dead of the night.

  • Rick Eson

    If SSS had a legitimate mandate to handle matters involving economic crimes of national security. Judicial officer taking bribe on a case involving corruption and recovery of looted fund so vital for our Nation in it current state border on National security when lots of our citizen are dying of hunger, crime wave, no job for increasing number of youth and Graduate. failure to tackle corruption and recovery of looted fund will impact on Nation Security. Corrupt Judicial officer will make the task difficult or impossible and the consequences for the survival of our Nation.

  • marc umeh

    We should all hail APC. Some institutions are beginning to feel the heat. Quick to condemn DSS . Never ever condemn crippling corruption.

  • Karl Imom

    The discussion in this write-up shows how ignorant Nigerian Senators are. Not a single ONE of them is able to interpret the law that established the DSS in the first place. A bunch of fools and criminals cannot explain how bribery and corruption is a threat to National Security. Probably, they got to the senate by compromising judges, so selectively do not understand how injustice perpetuated by judges can adversely affect inter-relationships, socio-economic and political stability of the nation.

  • Ayo Aiyelabola

    Dino Melaye himself should be told that he is himself a threat to national security. A situation where he is flaunting ill-gotten wealthy can tempt feeble mindeds to think that his mode of acquiring wealth is the correct way. The senate being clever by half failed to invite Daura to come and defend the action of the SSS in invading the judges residents. They would have been tutored the same way Malami tutored them when Saraki and his deputy were taken to court. This is the most undistinguished assemblage of people who given the opportunity to serve chose to lord it over us. We now know why they will kill to get elected, thanks to Jubrin Abdulmumuni. I should add that SSS deserves some blame if it can swoop on judges the way it did and turn a blind eye to the shenanigans in the National Assembly. It is time for Nigerians to (as we say) shine our eyes well well and challenge these undistinguished and dishonourable elements who think they are our lords.j

  • Lere

    When will the DSS visit Aso Rock Villa? They will find some foreign currency there.

  • Dino queried “how does bribery and corruption and official misconduct become threat to internal security?” Has he considered the inestimable damage that corrupt judges do to a society?
    There are people whose acts of corruption immediately means national threat given their position and duties in society, judges are one of those. We mustn’t treat corruption the same way for every person, lest we fall into the error of concluding that a military general whose corruption led to the fall of his troops has committed the same offense as a man who engaged in the corrupt act of pretending to be disabled in order to get money from unsuspecting alms givers for survival.
    Some judges in Nigeria have become merchants of justice, placing a price tag on justice thus making it available only for those who can afford it, making the poor and common man hopelessly at the mercy of the rich and powerful who can now do as they please with the poor and get away with it. How does this not threaten national security?
    Dino Melaye, please reconsider your reasoning.