On Sunday, October 9 in Abuja, Dino Melaye the Chairman, Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, condemned the arrest and invasion of the residence of some Judges by the Department of State Services, he said they acted outside its core mandate.

He said that although judges have no immunity and could be tried, the use of DSS by government was “absolutely wrong and unacceptable.”

 

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Melaye’s statement:

 

“I have studied the Act setting up DSS, Nigerian Intelligence Agency and DIA and can conclude that the DSS operatives went outside their core mandate. There is no doubt that many Judges are corrupt.

“It is also important to state the need to sanitize the judiciary of corruption that make Judges not to give commercial rulings which create terrible precedence in our legal system. Judges have no immunity and can be tried and should be tried but the use of DSS is absolutely wrong.

“The DSS operatives, even when they overstretched themselves and conducted investigations on the Judges, ought to hand over their findings to the appropriate institutions of government: the Police or National Judicial Council for prosecution and punishment.

“The rule of law is a core value of governance and therefore must be guided jealousy. Prosecution of civil and corruption cases is not the responsibility of DSS. Internal security is the main duty of the DSS and they should stick to that. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”