Pandemonium ensued in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Saturday morning as operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the police besieged the house of a Federal High Court judge and allegedly assaulted a sitting governor.
According to The Punch, the security operatives had stormed the residence to arrest the judge Justice Adeniyi Ademola.
It was also gathered that the state governor, Nyesom Wike, arrived the scene, only to be harassed by the operatives.
According to the spokesman for the governor, Mr. Simeon Nwakaudu, Wike was pushed around by the DSS and policemen.
He said: “The illegal failed abduction was led by Mr. Tosin Ajayi, Rivers State Director of the Department of State Services and Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr. Francis Odesanya.”
“The operatives of DSS reportedly rough-handled Governor Wike, pushing him around and injuring his hand. A few of the operatives cocked their rifles and threatened to shoot the Governor.
“They were irked by Governor Wike’s arrival at the scene shortly after the failed abduction process began. It was learnt that Governor Wike received security information on the illegal moves, minutes after the operation started.
“The security operatives blocked the entrance of the residence of the Federal High Court judge at about 1am on Saturday morning, claiming that they were acting on orders from above. As they dragged Governor Wike, they insisted that they must be allowed to leave with the judge.”
It was also learnt that the houses of two Justices of the Supreme Court – Justices Walter Onnoghen and Sylvester Ngwuta – as well as two judges of the Federal High Court, Justices Adeniyi Ademola and Nnamdi Dimgba, were invaded by the DSS for several hours overnight.
The raid occurred on Friday night into early Saturday morning as the operatives surrounded their houses before breaking in at 1am on Saturday.
After the raid, Justice Ademola was taken away at about 5am. Sources say the DSS operatives came with doubtful search warrants bearing incorrect names.
The DSS is yet to officially make any comment on why it invaded the houses of the judges as it is yet to have a spokesperson.