11 Oct 2016

Ex Minister Backs Arrest of Judges by DSS, Slams NBA, PDP

Nigeria's former minister of state for Education, Olorogun Keneth Gbagi, has staunchly backed the recent raiding and arrest of some judges nationwide by DSS operatives.

The lawyer, in a press conference on Monday, said Nigerian laws gave DSS the authority to arrest judges even without a warrant.

He also took a swipe at the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and his party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for opposing and attacking the DSS for the operation.

“For them to have come to your house, you have a case to answer. Those who have skeletons are the ones that are afraid," he said. “Criminals has taken over and they are now running the state, if we are not careful we will become a kangaroo state.”

He also explained why he, as a lawyer, believes the DSS has the authority to arrest the judges.

“ Let’s look at it critically, if you take the laws of Nigeria as it were as enacted in 2015, and that law is ACJA, if you run down and see section 12 sub section 1, section 13 of that law, gives a law officer and I mean any law officer and by extension, you and me the powers to break into any house within Nigeria for purposes of effecting an arrest. It is a law.

“It goes further that it does not matter whether it is Saturday or Sunday, such arrest, breaking and entering is legal for purposes of saving the state and bring about a lawful arrest.

“It went further and gave you and I powers, in section 47 subsection 1, to arrest persons. It does not even specify that you must produce a warrant of arrest. It says that warrant of arrest can be produced subsequently after the act of arrest has been committed.”

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