HOUSE of Representatives yesterday resolved to constitute an ad hoc committee to investigate all cases of invasion of property and arrest of judges for alleged corruption. The decision followed a motion raised under matters of urgent public importance sponsored by Hon. Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers State) on the floor of the House. Leading the debate, Chinda pointed out that the powers of the Department of State Service, DSS, as enumerated in Section(2)(3) and (6) of the National Security Agencies Act 1986 does not include the investigation and prosecution
of corruption and abuse of office. The lawmaker expressed worry that neither the Attorney-General as the Chief Law Officer of the federation nor the National Judicial Commission, NJC,  was informed by the service before the invasion and arrests were made. He noted that the provisions of Section 153(1)(i) and part 1 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution establish the National Judicial Council with powers to regulate and discipline judicial officers in the country. He said if the invasion was not checked, it might truncate the nation’s democracy, adding that it was desirous of protecting the principle of the rule of law and the nation’s democracy. Though the lawmakers kicked against the summoning of the service boss, they agreed that there was need to investigate the arrests. In its resolution, the House adopted the motion and the committee was given six weeks to report back. It will be recalled that on October 8, 2016, media had reported the invasion of residences and arrest of some judges of Federal High Courts and Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in Abuja, Gombe, Enugu, Sokoto, Kano and Port Harcourt.

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