“It is really unfortunate that SSS would concoct a false defence that $2 million —that is N900 million— was found in the house of the judge,” Mr. Wike said, describing it as “flimsy excuses”.According to Premium Times, Mr. Wike made the remark when he met with the management and players of Rivers United Football Club in Port-Harcourt on Saturday night, hours after a standoff involving him and authorities nearly turned fatal.
“If they had abducted the judge, they may go ahead to kill the judge and they will say that Rivers State is insecure,” Mr. Wike said.Mr. Wike said the SSS was wrong to seek arrest of a serving judge in such a manner, saying there exist legal procedures for checking and prosecuting errant jurists or other public officers.
“In the police, erring and corrupt policemen are first given orderly room trial, sacked and then appropriately prosecuted,” Mr. Wike said. “For judicial officers, the SSS has no role.
“I am not in support of any judicial support being involved in corruption,” but “this impunity must stop.”The name of the judge in whose home the large sum of money was allegedly found has not been officially released. But sources identified him as Abdullahi Liman of the Port-Harcourt Division of the Federal High Court.
“The way things are going nobody should relax. Freedom comes with sacrifice. Independence comes with sacrifice. Liberty comes with sacrifice.
“I was there with our state and National Assembly members, Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara; the PDP Chairman, Felix Obuah; and some caretaker chairmen. When they said I was with thugs I just laughed,” Mr. Wike said.The nationwide crackdown on the judges from high to appellate courts attracted widespread condemnation of the SSS, with eminent citizens and professional groups calling on President Buhari to immediately order the release of the judges.
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