Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has threatened to drag the Department of State Security (DSS) to court for raiding the state Governor’s lodge on Thursday in Awka Ibom, saying the raid was an “act of felony, persecution and political vendetta.”
In a press conference attended by the 26 lawmakers in Abuja Sunday, they also urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to investigate the incident, adding that the secret service has seven days to apologise or face legal action.
The raid contravened Section 308 (1, 2, 3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), the state assembly speaker Elder Aniekan Uko, who read the statement signed by the lawmakers said. The DSS was yet to comment on the incident.
“We also invite President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly to launch proper investigation into the ridiculous action of the SSS. We are shocked that the SSS which is currently purging officers it claimed to have shown unconcealed partisanship should descend so low to the extent of staging a coup d’état on our governor, simply because he belongs to an opposition party,” they said.
“Despite the fact that the president, his deputy as well as state governors enjoy constitutional immunity, the Akwa Ibom state Governor Udom Emmanuel has been singled out and stripped of this right which provided for him under the law.
“We are firm in the belief that if the raid on the Hilltop Mansion was not an act of felony, persecution and political vendetta, the DSS would have declared their mission before unleashing terror on innocent workers of Akwa Ibom State Government and or openly declare to the authorities in the state what they found and what they took away from our Government House.” lawmakers said.
The lawmakers also denied media reports indicating that the secret service operatives had uncovered stockpile of arms and ammunition as well as money in foreign currency.
“We also condemn in the strongest terms, the illegal assault on the symbol of our pride and the embodiment of the confederacy of Akwa Ibom State in the Nigerian Federation by the Daura-led State Security Service.
“We, hereby challenge the Director General of the SSS, Alhaji Lawal Musa Daura, to tell the people of Akwa Ibom State, Nigerians and indeed lovers of democracy all over the world, why he ordered the ill-fated operation on the Akwa Ibom State Government House,” the legislators said.
“The people of Akwa Ibom State will hold Mr. Daura and the SSS responsible if any unforeseen incident befall the Governor, his Deputy or key officials of Akwa Ibom State Government.
“We, therefore, invite Nigerians from all walks of life to rise up and overwhelmingly challenge acts of impunity by the political class and security operatives in the country, including the State Security Service,” the lawmakers said.