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DSS lied about money in judge’s house, says Wike

By Kelvin Ebiri (South-South Bureau Chief)   |   10 October 2016   |   2:53 am
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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has described as untrue claims by the Department of State Services (DSS) that $2 million (about N900 million) was found in the house of a federal high court judge.

Also, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Port Harcourt, Victor Briggs and the former National Secretary General of NBA, Nimi Walson-Jack, said the attempt to abduct a judge by federal security operatives is intimidation and abuse of the rule of law.

Wike said it was preposterous for the DSS to resort to deliberate misinformation and concocted stories, “to justify its unconstitutional assault on the nation’s judiciary.”

He argued that DSS lacks the constitutional powers to be involved in the legal process to discipline a serving judicial official because there is a legal process that must be .

The governor, during a special dinner for the management and players of Rivers United at the Government House, Port Harcourt, questioned how the DSS operatives who remained outside the building would now  declare that N900 million was found in the residence.

  • Alos

    It’s unfortunate that a judge was to be abducted. At the same time Wike obstructed officers detailed to arrest the judge. Wike should know better ‘cos he ‘s a lawyer, I presume.
    I’m not surprised at this obstructive attitude of his because that was what he did to Amechi and the so called NBA Rivers State didn’t see anything wrong then.
    Do unto others….

    • Mazi Okey

      Wike was a political thug before he became the governor of River State. When Wike was acting the script of Dame Jonathan he conveniently forgot about the rule of law. Now that another actor is wielding the power, he is crying blue murder. Wike should be reminded that the evil that men do lives before them. It was Fela who said that animal should not teach us equal rights. What was governor Wike doing at the judge’s house at 3:00 AM ? The people’s money he is using to buy justice will find him out soon.

      • Chukxharry

        Who he was has no place in this issue.Be objective and non-partisan for once!The crux of the matter we’re concerned with here is why a democratically-elected government would choose to carry out such unconstitutional and commando-style raid on the judiciary.It’s shows no critical thinking and exceptionally poor judgement on the part of this administration.

        • Mazi Okey

          You are talking about democracy without justice. Is it democracy when people are procuring justice with loads of cash in different foreign currencies? DSS said that they secured valid search warrants before they went to search the judges houses. If DSS actually secured valid search warrants, it doesn’t matter the time of the day such warrants are executed.Do we have a particular time to execute a search warrant? Nigerian corrupt system has reached a critical level that it requires a radical surgery to cure it. Can you imagine a situation where Nigerian Judicial Service commission (NJSC) will ask a corrupt judge who took two hundred million (N200 M) naira bribe to refund the money on installment? To make matters worse, the same corrupt Judge was retired with full benefit by the same NJSC. What type of justice is that? Are the Judges above the law? Let us have a “Citizen Service Commission” whereby, any citizen accused of corruption will be tried, just like the NJSC. Let us do away with the formal judiciary administered by these corrupt judges. How many of the sitting governors or legislators won their elections? Because of corrupt judiciary, we have a situation whereby a governor or president will convert state funds to personal money; and call it security vote without any consequences. A country where half of its legislatures are 419ers and crooks cannot make a head way. People supporting corruption based on sentiment or ethnic affiliation do not wish this country well.

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