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Senate turns down call to summon SSS boss over arrest of judges

11 October 2016, 20:30

Abuja - The Nigerian senate has turned down a proposal to summon the Director General of the State Security Service (SSS) Lawan Daura over the clampdown on seven suspected corrupt judges.

Seven judges were arrested in an operation carried out by the secret service midnight on Friday. They have however been granted bail on self-recognition on Monday.

During a session on Tuesday in Abuja, Senator Joshua Lidani (PDP-Gombe) asked the senate to invite Daura for questioning on the floor of the house, over the arrest and detention of the judges, according to Premium Times.

Senate president Bukola Saraki then ruled “the nays have it” despite equal call by the house for Daura to be invited and not to be invited.

Also read: Akpabio denies bribing Supreme Court Judges

It is worthy of note that Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, supported the prayer that Mr. Daura be invited.

News24 reported that Nigeria's secret police seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and assets in a series of anti-corruption raids targeting senior judges, drawing sharp condemnation Sunday from the bar association and rights groups.

During the nationwide operation, which took place on Saturday, police detained seven judges, according to a security source, who said a total of 15 judges were being investigated in connection with allegedly receiving bribes.

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- News24 Nigeria


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