REVEALED: Why DSS Is Going After Judges In Nigeria
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There has been a clampdown on Judges all over the country after operatives of the Department of State Service, between late Friday night and the early hours of Saturday, simultaneously invaded the houses of two Justices of the Supreme Court – Justices Walter Onnoghen and Sylvester Ngwuta – as well as two judges of the Federal High Court, Justices Adeniyi Ademola and Nnamdi Dimgba.
Justices Onnoghen, who is the second in rank and the most likely successor to the outgoing Chief Justice of Nigeria, and Justice Ngwuta are neighbours at the Judicial Officers’ Quarters in Abuja, while Justices Ademola and Dimgba live next to each other at the Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja.
Punch newspaper reported that the DSS operatives surrounded the judicial officers’ houses for hours before they eventually broke in at about 1am on Saturday.
After searching the houses, the security agents eventually took Justice Ademola away at about 5am on Saturday.
The DSS operatives allegedly beat up Justice Dimgba’s brother during the operation.
The reasons for the invasion are not known yet known and the DSS could not be immediately reached for comment.
Justices Ademola and Dimgba have both ordered the release of suspects in the custody of the DSS, but which the security agency did not comply with the order.
It was also learnt that in Gombe, on Friday, men of the security agency arrested Justice Muazu Pindiga, who was the first chairman of the Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal, before he was changed midway into the hearing of the dispute arising from the 2015 governorship election in the state.
However, a source told Sahara Reporters that the DSS had been uncomfortable with recent rulings by the judge and because of his vocal criticism of DSS for violating rights of persons detained at its facility.
Another source revealed that they believed Mr. Dimgba was being targeted unfairly by DSS as a form of punishment. On July 22nd, 2016 he berated DSS for not presenting Air Commodore Umar Mohammed to his court for a scheduled hearing.