DSS raid: Senate summons affected judges

THE Senate, on Wednesday, made a U-turn on its earlier resolution in respect of the raid of the homes of judges by the Department of State Services (DSS).

The lawmakers has, therefore, decided to investigate the matter, contrary to their earlier stance to only condemn the development.

At the Senate plenary, chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator David Umaru, raised a point of order with which he told senators that his committee had concluded plans to investigate the raids.

He said the Senate committee had concluded plans to summon the six judges for further investigation into the matter.

According to him, the affected judges would appear before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on a date to be fixed.

While raising a personal explanation, the senator said: “Mr President, 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 particularly its powers include judicial matters and judges and justices of the court.

“I am bringing this to the attention of the Senate so that we can take the permission of this Senate to enable us to conduct proper oversight on this matter and invite the justices to enable us interact with them in order to conduct proper oversight as we are enjoined by the provision of our rules and the 1999 Constitution.”

Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, who gave the committee the go-ahead to conduct the investigation, said “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.”