DSS lied to justify assault on judiciary –Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike

Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has
said the Department of State Services resorted to
“deliberate misinformation and concocted stories”
to justify its “unconstitutional” assault on the
nation’s judiciary.

Wike maintained that the DSS lacked the
constitutional powers to be involved in the legal
process to discipline a serving judicial official,
pointing out that a legal process must be followed.
The DSS had stated that its operatives swooped on
some judges in the country because there were
allegations that they (judges) were involved in
corrupt practices, adding that various amount of
money, in different denominations, were found in
the judges residences.

Speaking during a special dinner for the
management and players of Rivers United at the
Government House, Port Harcourt, on Saturday,
Wike said the “weak blackmail of the DSS” would
not lessen the crime it had committed against the
Nigerian state by assaulting the judiciary.
He said, “Their blackmail stories will not move me.
They will concoct all kinds of stories to justify this
undemocratic illegality perpetrated against the
judiciary.
“It is really unfortunate that DSS would concoct a
false defence that $USD2 million, (that is N900m)
was found in the house of the judge. It is
unfortunate that the DSS is coming up with flimsy
excuses.”
However, a Government House statement by
Wike’s aide on Electronic Media, Simeon
Nwakaudu, read, “It will be recalled that the
governor and the DSS operatives had their
encounter outside the gate of a judge’s residence.

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