– PDP chief, Gbagi, has thrown his weight behind the crackdown on judges by the DSS
– He said the DSS had the legitimacy to raid the houses of the judges and also make arrest
– He said 40 percent of Nigeria’s problems would be solved once the security agency deals with the judiciary
A lawyer and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, has opposed the position of his party and the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) on the crackdown on judges by the Department of State Security Service.
Speaking to journalists on Monday, October 10, the former minister of state for education said the laws of Nigeria gave the DSS what he termed, the legitimacy to raid the houses of the judges as well as arrest them even without a court warrant.
According to him, the operations of the DSS were carried out in accordance with the law and due process was followed, Vanguard reports.
The PDP had earlier criticized the DSS raids on Supreme Court judges, accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of attacking the judiciary in a manner even late Abacha never tried.
On its part, the NBA had opposed the arrest and called for immediate release of the judges.
Gbagi said once the security agency puts its house in order and deal with the judiciary, 40 percent of problems affecting Nigeria as a country would have been solved.
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The PDP chief who is also a trained criminologist explained that the security agency had invited the judges. They swung into action after they got information that the judges had instructed their lawyers to file stay of execution on their impending arrest on Monday.
The homes of some Nigerian judges, including two justices of the Supreme Court, were raided by men of the Department of State Services while some of them were arrested.
They were said to have been arrested on suspicion of bribery and corruption.
However, they have all been released on bail on self recognition.
Source : Naij.comNaij.com