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Buhari, DSS Erred in Raiding High Court Judges – Dino Melaye

by on October 10, 2016
 
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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