Chris Steven, Abuja
The invasion of residence and arrest of some judges by the Department of State Services (DSS) has been described by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as gradual descent of President Muhammadu Buhari into fascism and autocracy.
The opposition party further said that the action exposed President Buhari’s desire to kill democracy and convert it to an autocracy without checks and balances.
PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said, “this invasion is the latest in a series of actions taken by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration which reveal its disregard for the rule of law and its abject disdain for the Principle of Separation
“This inexorable slide into fascism began with the invasion of the Akwa Ibom state Government House by the self same DSS, the continued
detention of several people despite courts ordering their release, the
invasion of the Ekiti State House of Assembly and detention of Hon.
Akanni Afolabi and the invasion of the Zamfara State House of Assembly.
“This slide into fascism has included a sustained attack on the leadership of the National Assembly as President Buhari has sought to break its independence and make it a rubber stamp to suit his will.
“It is worthy to note that never in the history of our country has any President attacked the Judiciary in such a manner. Even the late
dictator, General Sani Abacha, whose regime is remembered by many as the second worst regime in Nigerian history, did not carry out such Gestapo style attacks on the members of the Judiciary.
“By bringing this attack to the Judiciary, President Buhari has shown
that he has no desire to respect the pillars of our democracy. He has shown his desire to kill off our democracy and convert it to an
autocracy without checks and balances.
“The government has no regard for the rule of law. They do not care about court orders. This government has disregarded the orders of the ECOWAS Court and every other courts in the land and continue to detain Dasuki illegally. They continue to detain hundreds of Nigerians without bringing them to trial and against valid court orders.”
Explaining the position of the Constitution and how judges should be disciplined, the party said, “the Constitution in Section 153(1)(i) and
Part 1 of the Third Schedule thereto establishes the National Judicial
Council (NJC) and empowers same to regulate and discipline judges across the Country.
“The proper path to follow to discipline erring judges will
be to forward a petition containing any wrong doing to the NJC along
with any evidence in support thereof.”
PDP frowned at the Gestapo style invasions in the middle of
the night of the homes of a number of Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and the Federal High Court, noting that the invasions involved the use of sledgehammers to breakdown gates and
front doors for DSS to gain access to the homes.
PDP said that the affected Justices of the Supreme Court were, Sylvanus Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro, while the affected Judges of the Federal High Court were, Muazu Pindiga, Adeniyi Ademola, Abdullahi Liman and