Buhari, DSS Erred in Raiding High Court Judges – Dino Melaye
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Dino Melaye, has condemned the approach adopted by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Department of State Security (DSS) in the arrest of alleged corrupt Supreme Court Justices and a judge of the High Court.
Melaye, who represents Kogi West on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the National Assembly, declared that DSS acted beyond its mandate in the arrest and invasion of the residences of the judges.
In a statement he issued on Sunday, Melaye said although judges have no immunity and could be tried, the use of the DSS by the government was absolutely wrong and unacceptable.
He said, “I have studied the Act setting up the DSS, Nigerian Intelligence Agency and DIA and can conclude that the DSS operatives went outside their core mandate. There is no doubt that many judges are corrupt. It is also important to state the need to sanitise the judiciary of corruption that make judges not to give commercial rulings which create terrible precedence in our legal system. Judges have no immunity and can be tried and should be tried but the use of DSS is absolutely wrong.
“The DSS operatives even when they overstretched themselves and conducted investigations on the judges ought to hand their findings over to the appropriate institutions of government like the police or National Judicial Council for prosecution and punishment.
“The rule of law is a core value of governance and therefore must be guided jealously. The prosecution of civil and corruption cases in not the responsibility of DSS. Internal security is the main duty of the DSS and they should stick to that. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, he said.
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