Why I Blocked DSS From Arresting Judge: I Don’t Want DSS to Perpetrate Needless Impunity in Rivers – Wike

‎Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has offered reasons why he blocked the Department of State Security (DSS) from accessing the home of a Federal High Court Judge, in Port Harcourt, Saturday.
Reports have it that the DSS laid siege to the official quarters of Justice Onnoghen, by yet to be explained reasons.
Justice Onnoghe was last week recommended to President Buhari as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Armed security men led by the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Francis Odesanya Tosin Amayo and Rivers State Director of the DSS, Tosin Ajayi, were said to have arrived the home of the High Court Judge, 35/84 B, Forces Avenue, Port Harcourt, Rivers, in the early hours of Saturday.
According to the Governor Wike’s spokesperson, Simeon Nwakaudu, in a statement, Wike arrived as the operation to arrest the Judge was about to begin.
Wike, who stopped the security agents from taking away the Judge, said he acted swiftly because he would not allow the DSS and other security agencies to perpetrate “needless impunity” in the state.
He said if the security agencies had a lawful directive to implement, they must follow due process.
“Not under my watch will I allow this kind of impunity to take place,” the Governor was quoted as saying.
“That is why we are here. I don’t know which Judge they were detailed to abduct. I didn’t bother myself to know the Judge. All I was 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.”
Wike said he was threatened by armed agents who wanted to attack him.
“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,” he said.
“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 will resist it to the last.
“They are trying to do something funny in this state, probably to declare a state of emergency”, he added.

Author: News Editor

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