House of Reps condemns ‘growing impunity’ of SSS, begins probe

House of Representatives
House of Representatives

Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously adopted a motion to urgently check growing cases of rights abuses and acts of impunity by the State Security Service.

The decision came on the heels of numerous disobedience of court rulings by the domestic intelligence office.

The agency has flouted several court orders for the release of detainees since 2015.

It has continued to detain a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, despite bails granted by courts.

Asides the two, several Nigerians, including journalists, are widely believed to be in the custody of the SSS without trial.

At Thursday’s plenary, lawmakers took turns to lambast an emerging trend of lawlessness on the part of the SSS.

The motion was jointly raised by Toby Okechukwu, Zakari Mohammed, Chinda, Jisalo and Ali Madaki.

Baba Ibrahim, Abiante Inombek, Gabriel Onyenwife, Douye Diri and Bode Ayorinde also took part in sponsoring it.

Specifically, the lawmakers said recent disruption of a protest organised by a group of lawyers in Abuja was illegal and could undermine Nigeria’s Constitution which guarantees citizens a right to peaceful assembly.

The lawyers, under the aegis of Citizens for Good Governance, had planned to demonstrate against SSS’ disregard for court judgements on December 22.

The House also condemned the detention of Ikenga Ugochinyere, an aide to Senate President Bukola Saraki and leader of Nigerian Youth Council— among other Nigerians said to have been detained for weeks without trial.

Consequently, the lower chamber set up a joint committee which includes the Committee on Police, Human Rights, National Security and Justice, among others, to investigate the activities of the SSS and other security agencies.


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  • emmanuel

    let them not act, they will be sore loosers if the system collapses

  • Decimator

    Seat down there and play APC/ PDP politics. My friends, the Nigeria Enclave that you are representing is long under dictatorship under your watch. Is it not a shame that it has to take organizations like Amnesty international to reveal to the world, the massive Human right violations in the Nigerian Enclave under your watch, but unquestioned by you as the representatives of the Citizens, in a constitutional democracy? I am afraid the situation has gone worse than human right abuses in the Nigerian Enclave which we have all gotten used of, to recklessness and chaos, impunity and anarchy, giving the impression of rolling but undeclared civil wars..

    It could just be wiser for you guys to immediately start a preliminary session on the very future of the Nigerian Enclave before it comes to a situation where nobody can hold any meaningful discussion with one another again.

    Accept it or not, as events keep unfolding on daily bases in the Nigerian Enclave, the present Structure, and the present formula or rather the non-existing Map and borders of the Nigerian Enclave in its entirety that Gowon claimed to have fought a war killing over 2 million fellow compatriots to prevent from looking funny, is just not sustainable.

    On the final note I draw the attention of all of you again to the popular quotation of Martin Niemöller (1892–1984), who in describing the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazi’s rise to power and subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group stated;

    “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me”.

    Today we could simply translate this to mean the cowardice of the upper and lower chambers of the Nigerian Enclave, as the representatives of the Citizens in a constitutional democracy, to speak out as the Enclave is systematically plunged to dictatorship, Anarchy and total disarray.

    Thanks

    • Netanyahu

      Surprised yoruba e-goats have not crawled out to insult you for stating the obvious. They hate with passion any truth that exposes their ton god, buhari. As far as they are concerned buhari is the best democrat they have ever seen. He does no wrong. Like the quote aptly captures, when the dictatorship will be extended to the south waste, there will be no one left to speak for them. When Tinubu was sidelined from the party he formed, they looked the other way. They have asked Osinbajo to resign, they pretended they did not hear it and accepted that it is a rumour. We are watching. The truth now is that every tom, dick and Harry knows where we stand in Nigeria today.

    • ukoette ibekwe

      These guys are not just hypocrites they are idiots. It is now that Buhari is not at home that they know the the security agents have been killing, jailing, and maiming Nigerians with impunity? Let’s wait and see what they will do when Buhari returns.

  • Gary

    Nice start by our Reps to stand up for the people against the creeping encroachment of our civil and human rights.
    Thanks and don’t let up. The law enforcement agencies are without exception all accountable to the people through their elected representatives. That is how a constitutional democracy works.

  • Wetin Naija

    Nigeria security agencies DSS and SSS are running totalitarian state in Nigeria. Arresting and detaining people illegally, making people disappear, disobeying court orders, and cropping up bogus charges. This is what you get when you put people that do not understand the rule of law in charge of sensitive departments. The funny thing is that no Fulani has being arrested so far

  • Arabakpura

    Chasing pearls at the end of a rainbow!

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      lol. Actually its a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

      • Arabakpura

        That’s another version but I am happy that I have not cast Pearls before swines!

  • Ilesanmi Dunjoye

    Thank you brother,
    Our situation, well encapsulated