SSS Raid on Judges’ homes: House of Reps sets up investigative committee

The House of Representatives on Tuesday sets up a committee to investigate the recent raid by the State Security Service, SSS, on some judges’ homes across Nigeria.

The motion was tabled by a lawmaker from Rivers State, Chinda Ogundu.

Scores of SSS operatives conducted a night raid of the residences of some judges between Friday and Saturday, accusing the judges of fraud.

The six-state sweep also included Mr. Ogundu’s of Rivers State, where the state Governor Nyesom Wike obstructed the effort of the SSS to arrest a judge attached to the Port Harcourt Division of the Federal High Court.


It’s the first time homes of Nigerian judges were raided which has continued to generate divergent views amongst Nigerians.

The Senate condemned the raid, but rejected a motion to summon the Director General of SSS, Lawal Daura.

The House also refused to summon Mr. Daura, but said the committee would investigate the circumstance of the raid.

A lawmaker, Prof. Mojeed Alabi, from Osun State suggested that the House should respect the principles of separation of powers and stay away from the matter, but the House approved the motion nonetheless.


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