Senate to investigate DSS arrest, raid on judges’ homes

The Senate on Wednesday said it would thoroughly investigate the arrest of six judges by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) last week.

The upper chamber during plenary gave the task to its committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters.

Chairman of the committee, David Umaru said the judges have to be invited to answer some questions.

“By virtue of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Order 96, Rule 37 of our Rules, the powers of this committee to oversight the Judiciary and its powers include judicial matters and judges.

“I am bringing this to the attention of the Senate so that we can take the permission to enable us conduct proper oversight on this matter and invite the justices.

“This is to enable us to interact with them in order to conduct proper oversight as we are enjoined by the provision of our rules and the 1999 Constitution,” he said.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki gave the committee the permission to begin investigations.

“You do not need to come to us; you have your powers under the oversight and you should be able use the powers and do whatever you deem necessary. So, do your job in line with your powers,” Saraki said.

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