Operatives of the Department of State Service invaded the houses of at least four justices late last night.
Two Supreme Court justices and two Federal High Court judges were shocked as men of DSS surrounded their houses late last night.
Here are the Justices: Justices Samuel Walter Onnoghen and Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court and Justices Adeniyi Ademola and Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Courts.
Let’s put this in perspective: The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, will be retiring soon. The current CJN is Justice Mahmud Mohammed.
Two days ago, the Federal Judicial Commission recommend that Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, who is the second in rank to succeed the outgoing Chief Justice of Nigeria.
A day after the recommendation, his house was raided.
Let’s situate it more into perspective: Hon. Justice Nkanu Onnoghen was born on the 22nd December, 1950 at Okurike Town, Biase L.G.A. of Cross Rivers State.
Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta was born in 1951 in Amofia-Ukawu, Onicha Local government Ebonyi State.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola was born in Rumford, Essex United Kingdom. He is a Nigerian from Ogun State.
Justice Dr. Nnamdi Dimgba is from Uturu, Isiukwuato Abia State.
DSS operatives surrounded the judicial officers’ houses for hours before they eventually broke in at about 1am on Saturday.
After searching the houses, the security agents eventually took Justice Ademola away at about 5am on Saturday.
The DSS operatives allegedly beat up Justice Dimgba’s brother during the operation.
Close colleagues of the judges confirmed to our correspondent that the security agents presented search warrants of doubtful authenticity with incorrect names.
The reasons for the invasion are not known yet known and the DSS could not be immediately reached for comment.
Are these arrests related to the appointment of new CJN or is there something the DSS wants to investigate?
Only one man has the powers to order such search, arrest and intimidation of Federal and Supreme Court Justices.