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Rivers Govt Alleges Attempted Kidnap Of Gov Wike By Fed. Security

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Posted: Oct 9, 2016 at 4:30 am   /   by   /   comments (4)

*Warns Against State Of Emergency
Daniel Abia
P/Harcourt – Following the Friday night raid on the residence of a federal high court judge in Port Harcourt, Justice Mohammed Liman, by men of Department of State Services (DSS, the state government has claimed that the security personnel merely stopped short abducting the governor, Nyesom Wike.
Wike said that the illegal siege on Rivers State by Federal security agencies continued unabated during the early hours of Saturday as scores of operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and policemen stormed the judge’s residence at Number 35 Forces Avenue in Port Harcourt.
Government said that the failed “abduction” was led by Mr. Tosin Ajayi, the Rivers State Director of DSS and Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr. Francis Odesanya.
The operatives of DSS reportedly rough-handled Governor Wike, pushing him around and injuring his hand. A few of the operatives cocked their rifles and threatened to shoot the governor.
The operatives were irked by Governor Wike’s timely arrival at the scene shortly after they stormed the Justice Liman’s residence. It was learnt that Governor Wike received security information on the illegal moves, minutes after the operation started.
The operatives had blocked the entrance of the residence of the Federal High Court judge at about 1a.m on Saturday morning, claiming that they were acting on orders from above. As they dragged Governor Wike, they insisted that they must be allowed to leave with the judge.
However, the commotion attracted passers by and journalists who thronged the vicinity to know why hundreds of security agents in several patrol vans had been mobilized.
Upon the arrival of the national media, the Rivers State Director of the DSS jumped into his vehicle and fled the scene.
However, addressing journalists, Rivers State Police Commissioner, Francis Odesanya said the two security agencies were at the scene because they received privileged information, which he refused to disclose.
Odesanya claimed he was at the scene as a peace maker. He declined comments on why the Police joined the DSS to effect the arrest of a serving Federal High Court judge at such an unholy hour.
I Won’t Allow Impunity In Rivers – Gov Wike
In an interview with journalists at the scene of the failed illegal abduction of a Federal High Court judge by the Police and DSS, Governor Nyesom Wike said it will not be under his watch that security agencies wi?l be allowed to entrench needless impunity.
Gov. Wike declared the raid on the judges as reckless, saying it portends danger to the nation’s democracy. He noted that he was convinced that President Buhari is not aware of the level of impunity being perpetrated by federal security agencies.
Wike stated that whatever the situation, the rule of law must prevail in a democratic setting.
He said if the security agencies had a lawful directive to implement, they must follow due process.
According to him: “Not under my watch wi?l I allow this kind of impunity to take place. That is why we are here. I don’t know which judge they were detailed to abduct. I didn’t bother myself to know which judge. All I am interested in is that, at this level, it is not allowed.
“He is not a criminal and he is not an armed robber. If the person has committed an offence, invite him. It is only when he refuses to honour the invitation that you can adopt this commando style.
“The Commissioner of Police is here, the Director of DSS is here. Their operatives cocked their guns and threatened to shoot me. I have never seen that before. Again, this is to tell you what we are facing. We know that more will come. For us in this state, we shall continue to resist it.”
Governor Wike added: “It doesn’t matter what it will cost. When you talk about liberty, sacrifices must be made. We are not trying to stop an arrest. All we are saying is that things must be done decently and in line with the rule of law.
“Rivers State is under siege. For you to see a governor out at this time of the day, something is wrong. A siege is an understatement. If this type of thing happens next time, the people wi?l resist it to the last”.
The governor stressed: “They are trying to do something funny in this state, probably to declare a state of emergency.
However, the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has queried the motive of the governor in stopping the security operatives from taking away the judge.
Commenting, the APC asked: “How come the governor said he did not know the occupant of the house?
“How did he find his way to the gate of a house he did not know the occupant? Is the judge of a federal high court under the governor of Rivers State? Maybe, yes but why? Is the federal high court, its judges and the DSS not belong to the same federal government?
”The APC believes that the governor is once again up to his dishonest self. We do not believe his account. We believe that the bizarre stunt of bravado being peddled by Gov. Wike is just for the purpose of convincing his collaborators in the judiciary in Rivers State that he will always protect them”.
P’Harcourt Judge Had $2m Cash In His Home – DSS
The Department of State Service (DSS), on Saturday decried the action of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State by which he prevented its officials from carrying out due search on the home of one of the judges under its radar, using thugs to frustrate the operation.
A statement by the service said it had in the past few days embarked on a series of special sting operations involving some judges of the Supreme, Appeal and High Courts, “based on allegations of corruptions and other acts of professional misconducts by a few of the suspected judges.”
In the case of the Port Harcourt judge and following the outburst by Governor Wike alsoon Saturday, the DSS statement noted: “In one of the states where the service operations were conducted, credible intelligence revealed that the judge had US$2 million stashed in his house.
“When he (the judge) was approached for due search to be conducted, he in concert with the state governor, mobilized thugs against the service team.
“The team restrained itself in the face of unbridled provocative activities by those brought in the governor,” the statement added.
The DSS noted that the due process was followed in the ongoing crackdown, which is in line with its core mandate, following which the judges concerned were invited and their premises searched.
The statement added that the service has “been monitoring the expensive luxurious lifestyle of some of the judges as well as complaints from the concerned public over judgment obtained fraudulently and on the basis of amounts of money paid.
“The searches have uncovered huge raw cash of various denominations, local and foreign currencies, with real estate worth several millions of Naira and documents affirming unholy acts by these judges.
One of the two Supreme Court justices arrested reported started constructing three mansions simultaneously, one of which is a building with underground property located in the popular Ewet Housing Estate in Calabar.
Continuing, the DSS said some of the judges have made useful statements while a few others have declined even with the glaring evidences that were found against them in terms of material cash, documents and property recovered pointing to their compromise.
In the Port Harcourt incidence, Governor Wike accused the DSS and Police of laying an illegal siege to the 35, Forces Avenue residence of a Federal High Court judge in the state capital, in a failed bid to abduct the judge, during which the operatives allegedly rough handed the governor who injured his hand in the process.
Reacting to the action of the DSS between Friday and Saturday, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, a human rights lawyer, in a statement urged the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to boycott the nation’s courts indefinitely in protest of the invasion of the homes of the judges, which he described as “full blown dictatorship now in action,” and President Muhammadu Buhari’s government as an “anarchists in power.”
The call on the NBA, Adegboruwa said, is based on the fact that “judges have no voices to speak officially.”
According to him, “we are now back to the 1984 jackboot system of intolerance, where all dissenting views and opinions must be silenced,” he said, adding that the action of the DSS which is an arm of the executive now breathing down on the judicial arm of government under the guise of fighting corruption is “condemnable.”

Comments (4)

  • Oct 9, 2016 at 10:11 am ABIOLA OLU

    All those agaist the actions are privy to the accused justices. where do they find such amount of cash? which law or constitution allowed them to stock such money. NBA is shameless. Gov. Wike is rogue. All sympathisers to them are capitalists and not in support of Nigerian poor people. if the action is against commoners, Will NBA or the fake human right come up? Wike must be probed. Afenifere is indecent. if judicial is corrupt, what next? This is a country with suffering and smiling inhabitants. The sympathisers eat and dine together. NBA must be sanctioned. If dictatorship is the solutions to Nigeria problems, let it be. What do we benefit from normal democracy dispensation? The Country is gone. No food, no security, exchange rate is N350 for a US $ as a result of few but giant Nigerians that looted our money. Senates and Rep behave like fools. By the grace of God, they will fail. If Buhari is not coming for second term, he will finish this.Even Presidential Buhari must be queried for his fair of the unknown in putting hypocrites to books. WORLD MUST HEAR THIS!

  • Oba Lop Pelujo Oct 9, 2016 at 9:03 am Oba Lop Pelujo

    Is there another way the DSS should have applied before arresting an educated BANDITS ? It unfortunate that the so called judges are in this part of the world where we idolize names .Let them claim their innocence if they can good for them, and if unfortunately they cant let them face the music and dance the tone ……..After the reggea play the blues.

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  • Oct 9, 2016 at 7:33 am Marc Egba

    I didn’t know NBA still exist
    In Rivers State, Gov. Wike N. E. ordered the Murder of a Lawyer and human right crusader.
    NBA slumbered
    Human right activists were comatose
    But when corrupt judges are moved against
    The Slumbering NBA and tho comatose Human Rights Activists spring to life.

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