Judges Arrest: Senate rejects motion to summon DSS DG, Daura
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October 11, 2016 ( Post 1 )
A motion seeking the Senate to invite the Director-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, Lawan Daura over last weekend’s arrest of some judges has been rejected.
Senator Joshua Lidani from Gombe state, in the motion brought under matters of urgent national importance, had urged the Senate to invite Daura to explain the rationale behind the clampdown on the judges and the manner the secret police carried out the operation.
In the motion, Lidani claimed that it is the constitutional responsibility of the National Judicial Council, NJC, to see to the discipline of corrupt judges, and not the DSS.
The motion got the nod of the Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio.
When the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki put the motion to a voice vote, most senators yelled “ayes” and later “nay” in what seems like a 50-50 proportion.
The Senate President eventually ruled that the “nays” had it, when their voices overshadowed those of the “ayes”.
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