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Tuesday 11 October 2016

Senate Blocks Move to Summon SSS Boss over Raids on Judges

The senate has turned down a request for the summon of the DSS DG over the controversial raid on the abodes of judges. The Senate has stood down a proposal to invite the Director General of the State Security Service, Lawan Daura, over the ongoing clampdown on suspected corrupt judges.
It should be noted that Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio who has been rumoured to bribing judges supported the prayer that Mr. Daura be invited.

In a motion brought as matter of urgent national importance by Joshua Lidani (PDP-Gombe), the Senate was asked to look into the action of the SSS which led to arrest of seven judges in the early hours of Saturday.

One of the resolutions canvassed by Mr. Lidani was that the Senate should invite Mr. Daura to explain why his agency carried out the action the way it did without deference to the constitutional responsibility of the National Judicial Council.

When Mr. Saraki called for vote to uphold Mr. Lidani’s prayer, Senators yelled “ayes” and later “nay” in somewhat equal proportion according to Premium Times.

Then, Mr. Saraki put the question again resulting in similar response as the first.

He then ruled “the nays have it”, translating to defeat of the proposal to invite Mr. Daura.

Popular media reactions for and against have trailed the actions of the DSS reported to be sactioned by President Muhammadu Buhari to clean up the judiciary.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has invited Mr. Daura for interrogation for the raid of judges.

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