The Senate has resolved to invite the six justices that were arrested by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS)
* Senator David Umaru revealed plans to invite the judges while relying on a point of order to make a personal explanation
* Senate president, Bukola Saraki gave the committee to go ahead with their oversight function as they had already been empowered
The Senate has resolved to invite the six justices that were arrested by operatives of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) for further investigation into the matter, News Agency of Nigeria reports. They are to appear before the committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters to give answers to some questions that need to be answered.
The chairman of the committee, Senator David Umaru revealed the plans to invite the judges while relying on a point of order to make a personal explanation. “Mr President by virtue of the 1999 constitution as amended and order 96, Rule 37 of our rules, the powers of this committee to oversight the Judiciary and particularly its powers include judicial matters and Judges and Justices of the court.
“I am bringing this to the attention of the Senate so that we can take the permission of this senate to enable us conduct proper oversight on this matter and invite the justices to enable us interact with them in order to conduct proper oversight as we are enjoined by the provision of our rules and the 1999 constitution,” he said.
In his response, the Senate president, Bukola Saraki gave the committee to go ahead with their oversight function as they had already been empowered. “You do not need to come to us, you have your powers under the oversight and you should be able use the powers and do whatever you deem necessary. So do your job in line with your powers,” Saraki said. The Department of Secret Service (DSS) had on Friday, October 7, announced that they raided the homes of some Supreme court judges across the country over allegations of corruption leveled against them.
The justices arrested include John Okoro and Sylvester Nguta of the Supreme Court and a former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Innocent Umezulike. Others are Namdi Dimgba and Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Kabiru Auta, from Kano, Muazu Pindiga of Federal High Court in Gombe.
The arrest of the judges followed a petition that they allegedly received bribes from Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state. Nigerians have come out to condemn President Muhammadu Buhari administration for the unprecedented action of the DSS.