BREAKING: House of Reps summons DG of SSS

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday summoned the Director of the State Security Service over weekend’s crackdown on senior judges across the country.

The lawmakers also constituted an ad-hoc committee to investigate the clampdown and said they hoped Lawal Daura, the DG of SSS, will appear before it for further explanation.

Scores of SSS operatives conducted a night raid of the residences of some judges between Friday and Saturday, accusing the judges of fraud.

The operation, largely unprecedented, has continued to generate views amongst Nigerians.

The vote by the House came minutes after blocked a similar motion.

The Senate condemned the raid, but refused to summon Mr. Daura.

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The House said the SSS must explain where it derived the power to raid judges’ homes.

The motion was tabled by a lawmaker from Rivers State, Chinda Ogundu.

The six-state sweep also included Mr. Ogundu’s state of Rivers, where Governor Nyesom Wike foiled an attempt to arrest a judge attached to the Port Harcourt Division of the Federal High Court.

A lawmaker, Mojeed Alabi, suggested that the House should respect the principles of separation of powers and stay away from the matter, but the House approved the motion nonetheless.

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