The houses of two Justices of the Supreme Court – Justices Walter Onnoghen and Sylvester Ngwuta – as well as two judges of the Federal High Court, Justices Adeniyi Ademola and Nnamdi Dimgba, were reportedly invaded by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, between Friday night and Saturday morning.
According to The Punch, the operatives had surrounded their houses for hours before they eventually broke in at 1am on Saturday.
The security agents were said to have presented search warrants of doubtful authenticity with incorrect names. After searching the houses, Justice Ademola was whisked away at about 5am on Saturday.
The DSS operatives allegedly beat up Justice Dimgba’s brother during the operation.
Justice Onnoghen and Justice Ngwuta stay at the Judicial Officers’ Quarters in Abuja, while Justices Ademola and Dimgba reside at the Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja.
In another development in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, scores of DSS operatives and policemen had attempted to abduct a Federal High Court judge residing at Number 35, Forces Avenue in Port Harcourt in the early hours of Saturday.
It was gathered that the failed abduction was led by Mr Tosin Ajayi, Rivers State Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), and Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr Francis Odesanya.
The operatives of DSS reportedly threatened to shoot Governor, Nyesom Wike, who had come to the rescue of the judge by mobilising help.
In a statement issued by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, the security operatives were irked by Wike’s arrival at the scene shortly after the failed abduction process began. It was learnt that Wike received security information on the illegal moves, minutes after the operation started.
In an attempt to stop them, the security operatives who had blocked the entrance of the residence of the Federal High Court judge dragged Governor Wike,insisting that they must be allowed to leave with the judge because they were acting on orders from above.
Speaking to newsmen and passers by who had thronged the vicinity to know why hundreds of security agents in several Patrol vans had been mobilised, Governor Wike said:
“Not under my watch wiĺl I allow this kind of impunity to take place. That is why we are here. I don’t know which judge they were detailed to abduct. I didn’t bother myself to know which judge. All I am interested in is that, at this level, it is not allowed.
“He is not a criminal and he is not an armed robber. If the person has committed an offence, invite him. It is only when he refuses to honour the invitation that you can adopt this commando style.”
The DSS is yet to make any comment on why it invaded the houses of the judges as at the time of filing this report.