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Wike Governor explains why he stopped DSS officers from arresting judge

Wike said security agencies always have to follow due process in the discharge of their duties.

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The Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike play

The Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike

(Premium Times Ng)

Governor Nyesom Wike was harassed by men of the Department of State Services (DSS) when he stopped operatives of the agency from arresting a Federal High Court judge, Justice Mohammed Liman, reports say.

Operatives of the DSS had stormed the 35 Forces Avenue home of Justice Liman in the early hours of Saturday, October 8, 2016.

Governor Wike said security agencies always have to follow due process in the discharge of their duties.

He also said “Not under my watch will 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.”

Adding that “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 Commissioner of Police is here, the Director of DSS is here. Their operatives cocked their guns and threatened to shoot me. I have never seen that before. Again, this is to tell you what we are facing. We know that more will come. For us in this state, we shall continue to resist it.

 “It doesn’t matter what it will cost. When you talk about liberty, sacrifices must be made. We are not trying to stop an arrest. All we are saying is that things must be done decently and in line with the rule of law.

“Rivers State is under siege. For you to see a governor out at this time of the day, something is wrong. A siege is an understatement. If this type of thing happens next time, the people will resist it to the last.”

The DSS also invaded the houses of four  Supreme Court Judges, Justices Walter Onnoghen, Sylvester Ngwuta, Adeniyi Ademola and Nnamdi Dimgba.

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