Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described the raid on the homes of some judges by the Department of State Services (DSS) as a direct assault on the judiciary.
Governor Fayose, who addressed the press in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday, said; “It should now be obvious to all Nigerians and the international community that democracy is under threat in Nigeria and Nigerians must rise to save democracy from being truncated.”
Fayose said that the “crude action” of the DSS cannot be justified, saying that it was a strategy to “hide under anti-corruption fight to blackmail and intimidate the judiciary.”
“Have the affected judges been reported to the National Judicial Council (NJC), the body saddled with the responsibilities of investigating and sanctioning erring judges? Were the affected judges ever invited by the DSS and they refused to honour the invitation?” he asked.
A Premium Times report published on Saturday says that the judges were reported to the NJC but it failed to take decisive action against them. The DSS also claimed that it had invited the judges in question.
Fayose said he was “particularly worried over the involvement of Justice Walter Onnoghen in the invasion, and I hope this is not a plot to prevent his appointment as the next CJN just because he is from the South South region.”
The DSS has also since said that Onnoghen was not one of the judges whose homes were raided and he is not under any investigation.
“It is more worrisome that two of the judges involved, Justice Adeniyi Ademola and Justice Nnamdi Dimgba ruled against the DSS and condemned its impunity on the cases of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and retired Air Commodore, Umar Mohammed and one wonders if upholding the rule of law by refusing to help the DSS to sustain its reign of impunity has now become a criminal offence for which judges must be harassed, intimidated and arrested.”
Fayose described the DSS as a threat to democracy “having abandoned its core mandate of providing intelligence for the protection of the internal security of Nigeria as provided in the Security Agencies Act Cap. N74 LFN, 2004.”
He called on Buhari to put a stop to “the actions and activities of these overzealous security agencies that can endanger democracy.”