House Of Reps Probes DSS Raid On The Homes Of Top Nigerian Judges
The House of Representatives has on Tuesday decided to probe the arrests of some ‘high ranking’ judicial officers and the raid of their homes by the Department of State Security (DSS).
The decision was taken after the adoption of a motion by a lawmaker from Rivers State, Chinda Ogundu (APC).
The House also resolved to constitute an ad-hoc committee to probe all the invasions by DSS from last year to this year.
“We witnessed what is almost a civilian coup when the DSS invaded houses of judges and whisked them away. There’s no doubt that we condemn corruption, but the method must follow the rule of law. Our people are waiting to see what we’ll do on this affront to democracy,” Rep Ogundu argued.
Meanwhile, a mild drama ensued when Rep Mojeed Alabi (APC, Osun), raised a constitutional point of order, citing sections 4, 5 and 6, saying the House could not go into such matter because of the principle of separation of powers.
His viewpoint was however received with a ‘chorus of disapproval’ as quite a number of lawmakers booed him, shouting “sit down! Sit down!”
Daily Trust gathered that the Speaker Yakubu Dogara ruled him out of order as he also pleaded with the lawmakers not to debate the motion since it has to do with an investigation.
Consequently, the motion was adopted by the majority of lawmakers when put to question by the speaker.