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Why I stopped judge’s arrest – Wike shares reasons

Security was beefed up around the residential area of the Federal High Court judge, where there was a failed attempt to arrest a judge yesterday, by security operatives in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.


This is even as the state governor, Nyesom Wike, has alleged that he was manhandled by Federal security agencies, early morning of yesterday, when personnel of the Department of State Security (DSS) and Police went to “abduct” the judge residing at Number 35 Forces Avenue in the state capital. Shortly after the incident, which attracted many people, several police patrol vans and an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) were positioned opposite the judge’s house, which is close to the DSS office.

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Reason for the foiled attempted arrest of the judge and name of the affected judge could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report, as all efforts to get reaction from the DSS failed. Several calls and a text message to the Director of Operations were not replied.

But, when the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Francis Odesanya, was contacted for reaction, he declined knowledge of the manhandling of Governor Wike, saying he was not present when the incident occurred.

Odesanya told Newsmen that he got wind of the development at Number 35 Forces Avenue, Port Harcourt, and went there to mediate.

He said: “I didn’t witness it. I was not there. I think DSS went to effect the arrest of a judge and he (Wike) tried to obstruct them. It was later I got information about it and I went there to mediate.”

Meanwhile, it was gathered that DSS operatives allegedly rough-handled Governor Wike, pushing him around and injuring his hand. A few of the operatives were said to have cocked their rifles and threatened to shoot the governor.

A Government House statement claimed that the security operatives were irked by Governor Wike’s arrival at the scene shortly after the failed abduction process began, adding that Wike received security information on the illegal moves, minutes after the operation started.

The statement further said that security operatives blocked the entrance of the residence of the judge about 1.00 am, claiming that they were acting on orders from above. Addressing newsmen, 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.”

He declared that their reckless action portends danger to the nation’s democracy, noting that he was convinced that President Buhari was not aware of the level of impunity being perpetrated by Federal securiy agencies.

Governor Wike, however, said that whatever might be the situation, the rule of law must prevail in a democratic setting. He said if the security agencies had a lawful directive to implement, they must follow due process. “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.”

Governor Wike added: “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 wiĺl resist it to the last. They are trying to do something funny in this state, probably to declare a state of emergency.”

12 Comments on Why I stopped judge’s arrest – Wike shares reasons

  1. Story for the gods


  2. Issokay


  3. It for your own sake


  4. I think you have no right to stop criminal arrest


  5. Wike is a wicked rogue. He did that to cover himself. The judge is a rogue. Nigeria is a mess. Where rogue judges are still sitting “judges”. Judge my foot.


    • Mr God dey
      You are disgrace to humanity .
      So bcos the judge is corrupt you will not follow proper order ?
      So by doing this , it shows what ?
      Some Nigerians are just jealous and quite uncivilised.
      Recently , a man beat his 16 years old niece for halving sex in his house and everyone condemned his actions . Yet, something far worse than that happens and you are writing this rubbish .
      I weep for my country men .They perish for lack of knowledge .
      Am sure you who is talking , you are worse than that judge .


  6. The issue is that of due process and protection of individual rights, it is a dangerous precedent when certain persons will decide that a person is already guilty without trial! Is this what democracy is all about? A resounding no! The judge(s) should be charged to court and face a trial, that is the proper process in a democratic setting or are we back in a military dictatorship? This is an alarming situation which every Nigerian must resist, recently an ordinary Nigerian was arrested for naming his dog ‘Buhari’, where will it all end? Meanwhile an already powerful president is seeking emergency powers; emergency powers to do what exactly? To exhibit more impunity and probably start arresting anyone who speaks out against the government? Nigerians beware!


  7. Would he Wide have done that for an ordinary citizen whose right ostensibly is being violated? The judge should say where he has stashed the $$$$$$period.


  8. Abdul-Gafar // October 9, 2016 at 2:25 pm // Reply

    Talking about rule of law is all right, but this is an arrest and not detention or prosecution. Obstructing the work of DSS is in fact abuse of power on the part of Governor and his entourage who came out early our to protect and shield off unknown judge. Why is he not interested in knowing who the judge is? His aides knew of course, this is hypocracy of highest order. Lets leave that, he risked his life to obstruct Justice, but when the die was cast, did he know who the judge is and hand him over to the DSS and confirm from appropriate authority? No! A proverb States a foretold war will not kill a lame person, who but wise! Giving the wise judge hint in this kind of intelligence operation will be fruitless. It doesn’t matter what of the day the DSS carryout their legitimate under cover operation. Inviting the judge will not produce the alleged huge sum of $ targeted. All over the world Secret police does their job as it suits them. They have chosen the period to avoid distraction and casualty if were to be day time. I think more need to be heard on this operation. Thank God governor did not loose his life in this episode going by his auctions. Similar operation was done in Gombe! We all need to salvage this country together without ethnic, tribal, political or religious sentiments.


  9. Abdul -Gafar, sorry you don’t get it.


  10. The work of DSS is deeper than most people think…sure they can strike to obtain person/evidence at any given time “based on security reports”, of course they had a warrant. They were only to escort him and he’d get back after a statement.

    Due process… like the judges deserve better treatment than d have meted out, raping justice

    It’s like when someone slaps u, no p; when u slap back you “didn’t follow due process” #rubbish


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