DSS Attempt To Arrest Apostle Suleman In Ekiti, Fayose Rescues Him To Govt. House (Photo+Video)

Unconfirmed reports have it that last night, a team of DSS operatives stormed a hotel in Ekiti in an attempt to arrest the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman.

It took the intervention of Governor Ayo Fayose and his security team to rescue the self styled apostle and bring him to the Ekiti State Government House.

It is believed that Apostle Suleman’s attempted arrest may not be unconnected with his recent “inflammatory” statement, asking Christians to pick up arms and kill Fulanis.

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Different Thoughts On DSS, El-Zakzaky And The Shi’ite Movement

The refusal by the Department of Security Service, DSS, to obey the Abuja Federal High Court, presided over by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, ordering the immediate release of the detained leader of Shiites group in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, may not have come as a surprise to many.

This is because, in the country’s recent history, the DSS has never been known to obey court orders in that regard. Leading persons that have been granted bail by the court, but which DSS refused to let go include: Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Nnamdi Kanu, among others.

Apart from DSS’ penchant for disobeying court orders, newsmen further gathered that, like Kanu, leader of the IPOB, El-Zakzaky, too, is considered in government quarters, as posing threat, to the sovereignty of Nigeria.

The trial Judge had on Friday, December 2, 2016, given the DSS, 45 days, within which to release El-Zakzaky and the wife. The court also went ahead to order the DSS to pay a fine of N25 million each to El-Zakzaky and his wife, making N50 million. But more than 72 hours after the expiration of the 45 days, the detainees are still in detention.

Counsel to El-Zakzaky, Mr. Festus Okoye, warned the federal government not to push the group against the wall, this is even as the community leader of Gyellesu, where El-Zakzaky, lived, before the crisis, is saying the Shiite leader was no longer welcomed in the community.

Don’t push group against wall, Okoye warns

Human Rights Lawyer and one of the Counsels to Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Barrister Festus Okoye, faulted the refusal of Federal Government and the Department of Security Service (DSS) to release leader of the Islamic sect, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, 45 days after a court of competent jurisdiction gave the verdict, warning the government and its agents not to create another terrorist group, out of the Shiites.

He told newsmen that “for the avoidance of doubt, the failure (whether by deliberate action or inadvertence) of the 1st and 3rd Respondents to effect the release of the Applicant herein and his wife from the 1st Respondent’s custody or any illegal custody whatsoever, upon the expiration of the 45th day from today (Tuesday, January 17), such failure shall not only constitute a deliberate act of disobedience of these orders, but will crystallise into fresh cause of action of infraction of the Applicants’ rights and of his wife to personal liberty guaranteed by CFRN, 1999 (as amended)”.

The former Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association, (NBA) Kaduna State chapter, also described the failure of DSS and the FG to release the applicant and his wife as a “deliberate and regrettable affront on the judiciary, human rights record and standing within the international community,” adding that “our country is founded on the rule of law and due process and obedience to orders of court, guarantees an ordered society and sets out clear parameters for the citizens and the government.”

According to him, “Nigeria is a leader in Africa and cannot be associated with detention without trial and serial disobedience to the orders of its courts. The powers of the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary are the powers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not the powers of one organ of government.

“Refusing to obey the orders of a properly constituted court of law is a deliberate sabotage of the judiciary. The judgment of the court is novel, binding and subsisting. No appeal has been lodged against the judgment and that means that the government is happy with the content of the judgment and the parameters for its execution”.

He said further that, “the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), is the fundamental law of the land and all citizens of Nigeria are subject to it and are bound by its provisions. Chapter IV of the Constitution guarantees to every citizens of Nigeria freedom of movement and association. It gives individuals and groups freedom to reside in any part of Nigeria and freedom to own property in any part of Nigeria.

“No individual or group or community can expel a citizen of the federal republic of Nigeria from any community in Nigeria. It is not within the province and powers of anybody to determine the place of abode of the other”, he added.

He however expressed confidence that, the government would obey the judgment of the Federal High Court and release Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky noting that, it will be an international embarrassment if the government fails to release him.

Asked why the court did not bring its weight to bear, by making the order, one that would be carried out immediately, Okoye, further said: “the Hon. Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja could have ordered his immediate release but he carved an architectural time line for his release. He gave the government 45 days to comply with the orders of the Court. He ordered that the Sheikh and his wife should be released to the Inspector General of Police or any of his subordinate officers not below the rank of Assistant Inspector General(AIG) and that the government must provide accommodation for them in any part of the North of their own choice”.

Commenting on implication of DSS and FG’s refusal to obey court order, the leader of the Bar in Kaduna, further said, in a democracy, the rule of law and due process are not matters of optional charity, but that every democratic government was under a constitutional obligation to obey the rule of law and due process.

“The Government of Nigeria must obey the orders of a properly constituted court of law and release the Applicant who has been in custody for one year and one month without trial.

“IMN approached the court to ventilate their grievances. They have an obligation to follow due process in whatever they do. They have stated that the government wants to provoke them to violence and that they will not buy the bait of provocation. I appeal to them to remain within the ambit of the rule of law and due process and the government must be seen to be a government in a democracy and not a government of injustice.  I believe that the members of IMN have exercised exemplary restraint in the face of every intimidation and provocation and as a Nigeria citizen and as someone who believe in the rule of law, as somebody who believe in the existence of this country, as someone who believes in peaceful co-existence of Nigeria, as somebody who believes that people deserve to practice their religion in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, that the government  should on no account drive members of IMN to a point that they will have no choice than to take up arms against the Federal  Republic of Nigeria.”

‘We don’t want him back in our community’

But the Secretary of Gyellesu Development Association, Malam Muktari Gambo Gyellesu, faulted Justice Gabriel Kolawole’s judgment, saying that Gyellesu, was better without El-Zakzaky.

Hear him: “I want to say categorically that we don’t want him back in Gyellesu. Since he is a citizen of Nigeria, he has the right to live wherever he wants to live but the people of Gyellesu don’t want him here. Every resident of Gyellesu does not want him back because of what we went through in the hands of Shiites. Zakzaky should return to his birth place, Kwarbai in Zaria city or Justice Kolawole should give him a place in his hometown to stay.

“When he came here in December 1998, after General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s administration released him from detention, many residents were disturbed. Many people had asthma attacks and high blood pressure on the day that he came. He came with his followers and they were abusing just about everybody, including the government. Mobile policemen came and started shooting tear gas in our area. That was on the first day.

“ Afterwards, his members became unruly and hostile to members of their host community. We started seeing some strange faces and from their looks, some of them are not Nigerians. They looked like Chadians and people from Niger republic. With time, they started assembling in front of people’s houses at night and they become hostile when the residents or tenants ask for right of way into their homes. We reported all these to the District Head, the Police and every constituted authority. It reached a stage that when we report to the police, they will tell us to be patient with them or that we should report to where we think that we will get justice. This was how we were living in a state of fear, until when Allah intervened and sent soldiers who arrested him. So, we don’t want that man in our midst again. We are now living in peace,” he said.

Reminded of the claim by the group that El-Zakzaky coming, to the community, had brought peace to Gyellesu, the community’s Secretary, further said: “this is not correct. Everyone that knows Gyellesu will agree that its population is an ethnic mix of almost every tribe of Nigeria. It is the host community of Federal College of Education and the Institute of Administration of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU). Most of the staff and students reside here. So, you will find people of different tribes and countries here. So, we have always been peaceful. But when El-Zakzaky came, the community so much changed that many people relocated from it. It became a haven of drug addicts and thieves because security agents themselves are afraid to enter Gyellesu, let alone arrest someone there. As secretary of Gyellesu Community Vigilante Group, El-Zakzaky’s people have always harassed us each time we apprehend a criminal and handed him to the police. In fact, they asked us not to go near El-Zakzaky’s house during our night patrols and we agreed. No uniformed man can enter Gyellesu when El- Zakzaky was holding forte in the last 16 years, he lived in the community. Ask anybody, our Village and District Heads, including the police. Whenever we had disagreements with Shiite members and we report to their leader, El-Zakzaky will always say he didn’t know anything about it but he will not take steps to correct it or call his unruly members to order. The Shiites carried out their activities with impunity.

“This is not just limited to Gyellesu. All the areas from Gyellesu to Polo ground were always inconvenienced whenever El-Zakzaky’s convoy comes out. His Hussainiyya was by Polo ground and one hour before he leaves his residence to the place, his bodyguards will block every junction on the way to Hussainiyya, anyone who comes out, whether he is on foot or on bicycle, he must wait until El-Zakzaky passes. And when he is on the road, you dare not come close or overtake his convoy. Everyone who passes that road from Gyellesu to Hussainiyya, from Bakin Kasuwan Tudun Wada to PZ has a tale of woe to tell. When El-Zakzaky encounters a traffic jam on Ahmed Makarfi way, the road leading up to Hussainiyya,  he will just cross over and follow ‘one way’’(that means driving against the traffic),” the community scribe, added.

‘We want unconditional release of our Leader’

The group on its part last Tuesday, addressed a press conference in Abuja, where it called on the FG, to without further delay release their leader, from detention, unconditionally.

At the press conference, addressed by Sheikh Abdulhameed Bello, the group noted that “One thing is clear and that is the fact that it is the Federal Government that is holding our leader. Prior to the judgment of the Court, the Federal Government gave Nigerians the impression that it was the Kaduna State Government that was holding our leader. While the Kaduna State Governor is complicit in the travails of our leader, he has his inspiration and muscle from the Federal Government. We find it difficult to understand why the Government has decided against all international human rights norms and tenets of decency to hold our leader without trial. A few people who do not wish our Movement well claimed that we do not recognise the sovereignty of Nigeria and its institutions, yet we took our grievances to a properly constituted court of law. The government claimed that members of our Movement do not obey the rule of law and due process but it is our leader who has been held in solitary confinement for one year and one month without any charges being filed against him and without the authorities alleging any offence against him.”

To this end, the group said: “we demand and insist that the Federal Government and its agencies must release our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El- Zakzaky and his wife Malama Zeenatu Ibraheem unconditionally and in accordance with the procedures laid down in the judgment of the Federal High Court delivered on December 2, 2016. “

How it all started

Like Boko Haram, newsmen gathered that the El-Zakzaky-led group, have also had its fare share of violent confrontations with security operatives, especially during the Military era.

It was further gathered that the group’s leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was arrested and detained without any charge in September 1996. He was only charged with treason in August 1998, before his eventual release in December, 1998, after the death of General Sani Abacha.

However, throughout the period of his incarceration, members of his group engaged in fierce battles with security operatives, with Kaduna residents, bearing the brunt of the battles.

But since the return to democratic rule in 1999, apart from allegation of arms stockpiling, made against his group by the police, and occasional minor skirmishes between the group and other communities in Zaria, the Friday, July 25, 2014 clash between the group and the soldiers, became its first major encounter with security operatives, after the group’s leader’s return from the gulag, in 1998.

Although, the group had lost its members in the past, during clashes with security operatives, the July 2014 clash, it was learnt, was the first time; the leader of the group would be losing his biological children. He lost three promising sons, all at once, in that encounter.

The next major clash occurred in December 2015. In that encounter too, El-Zakzaky, again, lost three of one his children, just as he also lost eye.

While all the group’s major clashes with security operatives had all taken place in Zaria, in Kaduna State, the latest one, which incidentally, was with the Police, this time, around, as the two previous ones had been with the army, occurred in Kano. Interestingly, it was the incessant clashes between Boko Haram and security operatives that emboldened the group, to take up arms against the state.

ADELOVE’s findings revealed that the experiences under the Boko Haram insurgents so far, may perhaps have been responsible for some Nigerians, and even the international community, led by the US government, for getting apprehensive over the incessant clashes between the Shiite group and security operatives, in recent times.

Already, the group’s spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, has said that Muhammadu Buhari-led administration can’t silence it, through force, adding that “it will rather strengthen the Movement. We are victims of Buhari’s oppression, and ultimately natural justice will take its course; the weak will triumph over the powerful. This has been happening in history. Even here in Nigeria, for the past four decades, whenever those in authorities adopted strong-arm tactics against Sheikh Zakzaky and his followers, they come out in a position of strength. Late Dictator, Abacha made the last annihilation attempt. Allah intervened, and the rest is history. This time around, Allah will surely intervene, and the Islamic Movement will move on as usual.”

 

Trump Rally: IPOB Asks For Police, DSS Clearance

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says it has written the Nigerian Police Force and Department of Security Services (DSS) seeking permission for its proposed solidarity rally for the inauguration of United  States of America (USA) President-elect, Donald Trump’s.

The group said the rally, scheduled to hold at Igweocha, Port-Harcourt, River State would be in support of the swearing in and oath taking of Trump as the 45th president of the USA. It also plans to use the event to call for the release of its leader,  Nnamdi Kanu and others detained illegally in all the DSS secret cells and prisons across Nigeria.

In a letter titled ‘Permission Letter’ addressed to Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr. Foluso Adebanjo and the Director/Head of DSS, signed by spokespersons of IPOB, Mr. Emma Nmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya, the group  called on security agents to ensure hitch free rally.

The letter was copied to the Inspector General of Police, Amnesty International, European Union, ECOWAS, British Embassy, American Embassy, Inter-Society, traditional rulers, National Judicial Council, Nigeria Union of Journalists and National Students Union Government.

The letter read: “With due respect, we, on behalf of IPOB, formally write to inform you of our intention to carry out a peaceful solidarity rally here in Port Harcourt, River State, for United States of America President-elect, Donald J. Trump on January 20, 2017 being the official day of his inauguration.

“We seek your permission to assist us in maintaining law and order and to wade off criminals who may want to create crisis to tarnish the hard-earned image of IPOB and also see how peacefully we shall conduct ourselves as always.

“We are law-abiding people, as we have proven countless times, and will always maintain peace as it concerns law and justice.

“The purpose is to demonstrate the acceptance of pragmatic and robust democracy with our fold and to encourage justice anywhere it is exercised. We, therefore, look forward to your cooperation and understanding,” the letter read.

The group said the peaceful rally would be for Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom world over to understand how resolute and committed the group is towards the emancipation, realisation and proclamation of Biafra.

“We Biafrans abhor slavery and subjugation of human beings in whatever form or guise.

“This IPOB peaceful rally for Trump will feature display of pictures of our able leader, Nnamdi Kanu, pictures of those detained illegally alongside him and those of President Donald Trump.”

“As usual, we shall maintain strict discipline of non-violence. However, we must reiterate that, should soldiers fire at IPOB peaceful protesters, heaven will fall.

“The non-violent position of our great movement will be revoked with immediate effect. Our only interest is to exercise our right to peaceful protest and lawful assembly as recognised in law,”  group stated.

Cash, guns were recovered from Justice Ademola’s house – DSS

An official of the Department of States Security Service (DSS), Ike Onuoha, on Tuesday, gave details of how huge sums of money, including N54 million, $121,279, 4,400 euros, 80 pounds and 1,010 rupees, were retrieved from the house of Justice Adeniyi Ademola during the divisive sting operations.

Onuoha, who is the second prosecution witness, told Justice Jude Okeke of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) that he was leader of the team, including eight other officers, that invaded the residence of the suspended judge, located at No. 30B S.O Ogbemudia Crescent, Apo Legislative Quarters, following an direective by his immediate superior.

He, however, said he was not aware whether there was a complaint or not against the judge, and added that his team was briefed based on a petition and information relating to incriminating items in the house of the said judge.

Giving details of items recovered during the midnight search, which he said was conducted in the presence of Joe Agi (the 3rd defendant) and his cook, Ken, Onuoha said the team also recovered two pump action rifles alongside 35 life cartridges.

However, under cross examination by counsel to Justice Ademola, Onyekachi Ikpeazu (SAN), Onuoha admitted there was no complaint of stolen or missing money to have warranted the recovery of the said sums of money from the judge’s residence.

On how his team gained entrance into the house, he disclosed that they forced the main door of the judge’s house open, using a screw bar when the cook and the private security guard refused to open the door for them, even after he introduced himself and also told them their mission.

Under further cross examination, Ikpeazu had confronted the witness that there were bullet holes on the security door of the judge’s house, but the witness answered in the negative. Also asked whether the judge searched his body before he commenced the search on the house, the witness answered no, but  added that the cook searched him. Onuoha further admitted he did not see Mrs Olubowale Ademola, who is the second defendant in the matter in the house on the said day, and that none of her property was part of things recovered from the house.

While being cross examined by counsel to Joe Agi (SAN), the third defendant, Jeff Njikonye, the witness admitted he knew from the media that the “DSS is pursuing a sensitive case against Sambo Dasuki and Nnamdi Kanu.”

When asked whether he knew that Justice Ademola gave an order against the DSS to release Dasuki from its custody after three months in detention without a charge, the witness said it was correct. According to Njikonye: “I put it to you that the courageous ruling of the first defendant was his offense against the DSS.” The witness, however, said he was not aware of such.

Earlier, the PW 1, Ifeoma Ofonogoro, who is a sales representative with Coscharis Motors Limited, while being cross examined, admitted that the company did not have any transaction with Justice Ademola, but Ademide, who is judge’s son.

She also admitted that Ademide paid for the licensing of the car which the company did for him, and he also insured the car in his name.

She also added that she had followed Ademide up on the maintenance of the car, especially when he had a minor accident with the car.

After calling two witnesses, the prosecution prayed for an adjournment till today to bring two more witnesses.

The defence, however, opposed the application for adjournment on ground that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act provided for a day to day trial, and that they were ready to continue with the trial.

Responding, the prosecution informed the court that some of his witnesses had complained they were being threatened by unknown persons and because of that he could not have access to them.

In a short ruling, the court adjourned till today at the instance of the prosecution.

New Year: DSS arrest insurgents planning New Year Day bombing

The State Security Service (SSS) has announced the arrest of three suspected Boko Haram members in Kano and two in Gombe plotting terrorist acts for the New Year day.

 

SSS in a statement on Friday said “on 30th November, 2016, arrested three suspected Boko Haram fighters namely Samaila Muhammadu, Sanusi Musa and Hudu Muhammadu at Dirbunde village of Takai LGA in Kano State.

“The trio had perfected plans to carry out series of coordinated attacks with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in selected States of the North-West zone in the month of November, 2016 to disrupt festive activities during the end of year and the new year of 2017.

Also, the Service arrested Sani Digaru, along with one Mohammed Ali, on 25th December, 2016, about 1315 hours, along Gombe-Dukku road, Gombe.”

Digaru was, however, fatally shot when he attempted to escape from arrest.

“The arrest was sequel to earlier intelligence that he was in possession of cash worth two million Naira (N2m) meant for the coordination of a terrorist operation in Yobe and Bauchi States.

“Also, following offensive against kidnappers and other criminals, the Service apprehended the trio of Abubakar Musa, Ismail Musa and Suleiman Mainasar, on 29th November, 2016, at Aduwawa in Benin city, Edo State.

“Prior to their arrest, they were members of a kidnap gang that terrorised commuters and residents of communities along the major highways between Edo and Kogi States. Similarly, on 30th November, 2016, one Ibrahim Adamu and three of his associates namely; Umar Abubakar, Ibrahim Salisu and Abdullahi Abubakar, were arrested at Ibilio village in Edo State.

“The quartets were part of a larger gang that specialized in the kidnap of people along the Edo-Kogi corridor.

“On 20th December, 2016, at Katsina-Ala town in Benue State, another gang of suspected kidnappers comprising one Ernest Benze, Terkura Tyokishir alias Mpoto, and Anun Aondona, identified as members of the Terwase Akwaza kidnap syndicate, were arrested for their complicity in kidnap incidents in the State.

“Also, a new criminal gang which specializes in robbing visiting foreign residents/customers of luxury hotels has been uncovered, in Abuja, FCT,” the statement said.

In another development, the Nigerian Navy in support of Operation Delta Safe has carried out raids on some illegal refinery sites in continuation of the clampdown on crude oil thieves in the maritime areas.

“The patrol team deployed by NNS Pathfinder in Rivers State on 28 December 2016 discovered and destroyed 2 barges at Taraba Jetty axis.

“One of the barges was loaded with estimated 70,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO while the second barge had a mixture of AGO and water.

“Also, the patrol team of Fob Escravos carried out a raid on a newly erected illegal refining site at Asafama village near Jones Creek in Warri South West LGA of Delta State.

“The naval operatives who acted on intelligence report took the criminals by surprise and destroyed the site including a large storage pit which has unspecified quantity of illegally refined AGO.

“One person was arrested in connection with the site as other suspects fled the scene,”

Retired DSS Official narrowly escapes death in Ibadan road accident (SEE PHOTO)

A retired official of the Directorate of State Security, DSS and other commuters narrowly cheated death in Ibadan, Oyo State following a scary road mishap.

There was an incident of traffic gridlock at the Idi Ape area of Ibadan this evening, 30th of December, 2016 following a road accident that led to the destruction of a couple of vehicles.

An eyewitness fowarded pictures from the scene with sketchy details of how the incident occurred with less than 72 hours into the new year – 2017.

A retired DSS official whose private car was crushed by a truck that fell on it escaped death by the skins of the lions teeth. According to our source, there were so casualties as commuters miraculously walked out unhurt.

The Idi Ape road has since being cleared by responsible government agencies to allow the free flow of vehicles.

The commercial truck falling on the vehicle of a former DSS agent.

SHOCKING!!!: Fayose accuses DSS of recording phone conversations of Buhari’s critics

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has alleged that the Department of State Services, (DSS) records telephone conversations of Nigerians perceived as critical of the President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Fayose said the DSS edits the conversations and leaks same to Sahara Reporters, which has now become the official propaganda platform of the federal government.

The governor said he was not bothered by the new sinister antic of the federal government, added that; “Rather than sitting down and be monitoring peoples phones, the federal government should provide food for Nigerians and save the lives of those that are being killed in Southern Kaduna and other places.”

The governor, who reacted to his telephone conversation with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike that was published by Sahara Reporters today, through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said; “If the President and his hatchet men in the DSS, EFCC and other federal government agencies do not know what to do other than to record phone conversations of their perceived political foes, they should just resign and save the country from this harrowing experience.”

He said it was obviously that they were being threatened by the complimentary comments of notable Nigerians like Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and others about him because those comments negate the cabal’s evil intentions.

The governor described the DSS recording telephone conversations of Nigerians and leaking them to Sahara Reporters to publish as the height of the political rascality, manipulation, oppression, suppression and irresponsibility by agents of the federal government that are trying so hard to cover up the crimes they perpetrated against the people of Rivers State.

“They should even go beyond taping of my lines and come to live with me in Ekiti government house so that they can do per seconds live recordings of whatever I say because in the year 2017, by the grace of God, I will still say more without apology,” he said.

Governor Fayose said for the first time since democracy returned to the country in 1999, Nigerians were celebrating Christmas and new year with hunger and sufferings beyond measure. “Nigerians are asking for food on their tables, they want employments, they want security, not recording of people’s phone conversations and handing it to a road side online platform to publish.

“Unemployment and job loss are increasing at a very alarming rate while the electoral process is daily being bastardised. “Rather than tackling hunger and the country’s economic woes, they have embarked on diversionary tactics with irrelevant stories of Governors Wike and Fayose’s phone conversations, governors who do not bear arms and have no control over any security apparatus,” the governor said.

He said: “I knew it before now that telephone conversations of prominent Nigerians, especially National Assembly members and opposition figures are being monitored, but I have remained unperturbed in my resolve to play my roles in rescuing Nigeria from the jaws of tyranny, which the present APC federal government represents.”

While maintaining that the APC led federal government do not respect the laws of the country, Governor Fayose said; “They know that what they are doing is illegal and clear contravention of Section 37 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which provides that; ‘The privacy of citizens, their homes, correspondence, telephone conversations and telegraphic communications is hereby guaranteed and protected.’ “However, because they are criminally minded and are running a tyrannical government, using the DSS, EFCC and other agencies, one is not surprised at the current development.

He encouraged Nigerians not to keep silent in the face of this tyranny, saying; “it will get to everybody one day, some day.” He said; “Like I said before, their style has become so predictable. Whenever Nigerians cry of the pains and sufferings they are going through, they will come with flimsy stories like; “20 Chibok girls found,” “$1 billion found in Mr A, B or C bedroom,” “Boko Haram technically defeated,” “We have captured Sambisa forest,” “Governors Wike and Fayose’s phone conversations leaked,” etc just to divert attention. “Regrettably, Governors Wike and Fayose that bear no arm remain their headache while their agents that bear arms like guns, armoured tanks and fighter jets etc, using them against Nigerians have not been called to question.

“Going by the barrage of pains being inflicted on Nigerians by his cluelessness, if I will give the President a candid advise, I will tell him to resign because he has failed Nigerians, whose votes he obtained by deception. Under his watch, Dollar is now N500 to $1, their is unprecedented hunger in the land, Nigerians are being killed in Southern Kaduna and other places, “It is better for the President to resign because he appears not to have capacity for positivity.

“If all the presidents that ruled before Buhari had behaved like he is behaving now, he himself will be in jail. “However, let me say it once again, I am one person who is not afraid of death or incarceration. I will keep telling Nigerians the truth, which obviously hurts Buhari and the cabal around him.”

Why DSS may not release Zakzaky

There are fears that a fresh charge may be filed against Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, within the 45 days window given by the court, within which he should be released.

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The DSS as well as other security agencies have never been known to obey court orders in that regard, examples of persons who had been granted bail by the court, but which DSS refused to let go include: Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Nnamdi Kanu and retired Air Commodore Umar Mohammed, among others.

Apart from DSS’ penchant for disobeying court orders, reports further gathered that, like Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigeneous People of Biafra, IPOB, El-Zakzaky, is considered in government quarters, as posing a threat, to the sovereignty of Nigeria.

The decision by the Abuja Federal High Court, presided over by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, ordering the immediate release of the detained leader of Shiites group in Nigeria, Zakzaky, did not come to many as a surprise.

There are however strong indications that the Department of States Security, DSS, may not release El-Zakzaky from detention, any time soon.

The trial judge had at the last adjourned date, given an indication to the effect, when he advised the minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami, to find a way of resolving the matter, failing which, he would be forced to deliver his verdict.

Newsmen authoritatively gathered that, throughout the period of the adjournment, there was no move from the Office of the AGF, towards amicable resolution of the matter, thus compelling the trial Judge, to deliver his verdict yesterday.

While citing the death of former leader of the Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, the judge said; “If the applicant dies in custody which I do not pray for, it could result in many needless deaths”.To this end, Justice Kolawole, ordered the government to release, within 45 days, the applicant and his family to the police, who shall within 24 hours, take them, guarded by escort, to a safe place.

Abubakar Malami reveals reasons why he authorised DSS raid on judges

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said he approved the raids on the homes and arrest of judges by the Department of State Services.

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Malami said it was not the exclusive preserve of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate financial crimes.

Malami stated these in Abuja on Tuesday when he appeared before an ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives in the National Assembly.

The committee is chaired by Hon. Garba Dhatti.

It is investigating all cases of invasion of property and arrests of persons by the DSS from May 2015 till date.

Malami said there were reasonable grounds to justify the arrest of the judges looking at the number of petitions that had been received by his office, the DSS, the EFCC and other anti-graft agencies.

Citing Section 15 (5) of the 1999 Constitution, he stated that the State had a responsibility to halt all acts of corruption and could deploy any agency with the capacity to achieve that purpose.

He also said the state waded into the matter after the National Judicial Council was duly notified, but was not willing to act.

Malami said judges had no immunity against prosecution, adding that there was no requirement of law which stipulated that only the EFCC must investigate financial crimes.

He said: “When we are talking about constitutional obligations, it goes without saying that all state instruments, Ministries, Departments and Agencies are under obligation, inclusive of the legislature and the judiciary, to take steps that will abolish all corrupt practices.

“It is in respect of that obligation that whatever issues that arose from the search and arrest of the judicial officers were carried out.

“The State was in receipt of multiple petitions of corrupt practices by the judicial officers and there was further apprehension that if immediate steps were not taken, the possibility of destroying existing evidence that were believed to have been kept within their respective domains would eventually be tampered with.

“Arising from the responsibility created and established by Section 15 of the constitution, the State had to act.

“But, the question of which agency has the responsibility of executing it, my response to that derives from the fact that multiple petitions were written to the Office of the AGF, DSS, EFCC and a lot of other agencies of government.

“To my mind, I have a discretion to look at and weigh the situation and decide which agency against the background of the petition, who will act for the purpose of ensuring that the obligation of the provisions of Section 15 (5) of the constitution are carried out.

“So, whatever evolved from the search and arrest of the judicial officers revolved around the need to comply with the responsibility and obligation vested in them by provisions of the constitution and the need to ensure that the investigation was not in any way tampered with negatively.

“These were the circumstances that led to the operations. It was a clear exercise of the constitutional mandate in respect of what is expected of the State to abolish corrupt practices.

“When we got the petitions, I had cause personally to write to the NJC, requesting that they take administrative steps to investigate the allegations contained in the petitions.

“A response was made to my office that the NJC could not act unless the petitions were accompanied with affidavits.

“But I felt there were no reasons why the petitions could not be looked into on their own merit by placing sanctions on the AGF, while it was a constitutional obligation.

“Incidentally, multiple petitions were also written to the DSS and I requested that they equally write to the NJC to look into the petitions, but it was the same response the DSS got from the NJC that without a supporting affidavit the petitions could not be looked into.

“So, we have a situation where there is reasonable grounds for suspicion for commission of corruption and we have a body saddled with the primary administrative responsibility of looking at such things first, but it seems not to be cooperating in that respect.

“Meanwhile, when issue of commission of corruption practice is established, the executive has the responsibility of investigation without recourse to the judiciary.

“That is how the idea of taking the advantage of Section 15 (5) arose.

“I asked the EFCC and the DSS and another agency to investigate because they were in receipt of several petitions on the same subject and I was informed by the DSS before the search and arrest and I did not object.

“The DSS presented a formal report to me before and after effecting the search and arrest.

“They informed me that the operation will be done at any hour without restriction.

“I had no objection that the operation would be carried out at night because I have taken time to go through the administration of Criminal Justice Act and I was convinced that this operation can be conducted at any hour, any moment without restriction.

“I didn’t have to inform the Inspector-General of Police or Commissioner of Police in the State about the DSS operation because they were also under the same constitutional obligation to act.

“One of the agencies had investigated, came up with a report and I was convinced.”

AGF finally gives reasons why DSS raided judges, insists they acted within the law

Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has for the first time explained why the “State” sanctioned the move by the Department of State Security  (DSS) to raid the homes of judges in different parts of the country.

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Malami, who spoke during an investigative hearing by the Hon. Garba Datti-led House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee investigating cases of invasion of property and arrest of persons for reasons outside the general duties insisted that the DSS acted within the law in its operations.

The committee had earlier threatened to issue a warrant of arrest against the AGF if he failed to appear before it on Tuesday, November 29.

Malami told lawmakers that investigation of the judges stemmed from multiple petitions sent to his office and other security agencies of which the National Judicial Council (NJC) was duly informed but failed to act on them.

He also disclosed that some of the arrested judges have no asset declaration record with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), as mandated by law.

Malami, further told the committee that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ) is not the only agency empowered by law  to investigate   financial crimes and stressed that there were  reasonable grounds for suspicion of the affected judges.

He said as long as the National Assembly has not abrogated Decrees promulgated by the military since 1966, the laws remain valid.

Asked if he specifically instructed the DSS to carry out the operation or the security agency acted on its own and whether other security agencies were also instructed to investigate the judges, Malami responded that agencies have an obligation to carry out the functions which they were empowered by law to do.

“When we are talking about constitutional obligations, it goes without saying that all state instruments, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are under obligation, inclusive of the Legislature and the  Judiciary to take steps   that will abolish corrupt all practices.

“It was in respect of that obligation that whatever issue arise from the search and arrest of the judicial officers were carried out.

“The State was in receipt of multiple petition of corrupt practices by the judicial officers  and there was further apprehension that,  if immediate steps were  not taken, the possibility of dissipating existing evidence that were believed to have being kept within their respective domain will eventually be tampered with.

“Arising from the responsibility created and established by Section 15 of the Constitution, the State had to act,” said Malami.