Thousands of lawyers based in the Capital City of Abuja, have stormed the streets in protest of the alleged flagrant disregard of court orders by the Department of State Security , DSS.
The lawyers who began the protest towards the close of work on Monday were joined by members of the Civil Society community, marched to the Federal High Court Headquarters in Maitama, the Attorney General’s office and the National Human Rights Commission.
An eye witness reported that they also headed to the Three Arms Zone, which hosts the Aso Rock presidential villa, Supreme Court and the National Assembly.
The lawyers are of the opinion that judges should not step down from cases involving the DSS as that would amount to victory for tyranny and intimidation. Their argument is that the current modus operandi of the DSS will make it impossible for Judges to preside over cases involving the DSS without fear of witch hunt.
They are also demanding that all judiciary workers to go on strike until the SSS obeys all pending judgments.
The witness said:
“Currently, major roads have been barricaded and there is palpable tension as the protesters meet heavy resistance from security agents who are blocking the protesters who are insisting on marching into Aso Rock”
The standoff is happening on the Road leading to the Three Arms Zone.
The DSS has been accused of disobeying several court orders since 2015. The most notable cases involve the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and the leader of the pro-Biafra group, Nnamdi Kanu.
Some judges have recently stood down from cases involving the DSS, following the arrest seven senior judges on allegation of corruption.