Breaking: Reps Summon DG of SSS, Lawal Daura over raids on Judges

Speaker , House of Representatives. Yakubu Dogara

The House of Representatives on Tuesday summoned Lawal Daura, the Director of the State Security Services (SSS) over weekend’s crackdown on senior judges across the country.

According to Premium Times, the lawmakers also constituted an ad-hoc committee to investigate the clampdown and said they hoped Daura will appear before it for further explanation.

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

The operation, largely unprecedented, has continued to generate views amongst Nigerians with condemnation from the Nigerian Senate, the Nigerian Bar Association, senior advocates of Nigeria and prominent civil society groups.

The vote by the House came minutes after it blocked a similar motion.

The House said the SSS must explain where it derived the power to raid judges’ homes.

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

The six-state sting operation also included Mr. Ogundu’s state of Rivers, where Governor Nyesom Wike foiled an attempt to arrest a judge attached to the Port Harcourt Division of the Federal High Court.

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