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Akwa Ibom PDP, senior advocate condemn raid

By Inemesit Akpan-Nsoh, Uyo   |   11 October 2016   |   4:16 am

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State has described as shameful the invasion of the residences of judges by the Department of State Services (DSS).

The party said: “The flagrant display of military action in a democratic dispensation, even when the vice president of the country is a legal luminary is shameful.”

Also, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and Professor of Environmental Law, Prof. Amari Omaka has condemned the action, insisting that the DSS has no powers under the law to make arrests.

Speaking to The Guardian in Abakaliki, Omaka who is a lecturer in the Law Faculty of Ebonyi State University said even though he does not support corruption in any form, the manner in which the war against the menace is being pursued, particularly in recent times calls for concern.

PDP’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Ini Emembong, said the invasion of the judges’ houses could be further described as ‘burglary and kidnapping’ of these persons by the DSS.

According to him, every security agency is set up by law. The law setting up the DSS does not give it such powers it displayed in the so-called arrest of the Judges. It is most shameful that a professor of law is the vice president at the time this is happening. That, even at the height of Abacha’s regime, such a thing never happened.

Omaka said rather than arrest the judges, the proper thing would have been for the DSS to go through the chief justices of the relevant courts of the state. This, according to him, would have been more acceptable.

“But for you to go at the dead of the night to arrest judges is the height of assault because people can’t even believe they are law enforcement agents. I think it is quite embarrassing to desecrate the hallowed chambers of this country all in the name of fighting corruption,” he stated.

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