Frederick Fasehun condemns action
Founder of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and National Chairman of Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Dr. Frederick Fasehun, has condemned the arrest of judges by the Department of State Services (DSS), describing it as unconstitutional.
Addressing journalists yesterday in Lagos, Fasehun said the Nigerian constitution does not make the Executive the watchdog of the Judiciary.
He said: “I condemn this Gestapo-style invasion of the private homes of Nigerian judges. The invasion is invidious, infantile, illegal and unconstitutional; it smirks of a scripted and premeditated operation aimed specifically at intimidating the Judiciary and giving judicial officers a bad name to devalue their reputation.
“Moreover, the invasion represents an unjust clampdown on the Judiciary, a clear violation of the Rule of Law, Due Process and commonsense, and it should never happen again.
“Those serving in the Judiciary are apolitical and the Judiciary is the last hope of the commonman. This is why it is disheartening, heartrending and troubling that the Judiciary has been placed under this brazen assault and it forebodes danger for the nation’s democracy. Today, it is rather unfortunate that President Muhammadu Buhari represents the worst threat on our nation’s democracy.”
“In as much as we recognise the harm that corruption has inflicted on our development, and we subscribe to the current war against corruption, relevant institutions and agencies must follow due process and the rule of law.”