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– Ezekwesili noted that the DSS should stay within its mandate and allow the EFCC to do its job as an anti-corruption body
Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, a former education minister under administration of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo, has lambasted the presidency for ‘daring to tell Nigerians how to think’ over the case of the DSS raid on judges at the weekend.
Premium Times reports that a livid Ezekwesili hit out at presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu for tweeting that it was a treasonable offence for Nigerians to even suggest that the federal government would act outside the law.
“To suggest that the government is acting outside the law in a dictatorial manner is to breach the interest of the state,” Mr. Shehu had tweeted on Sunday, October 9.
Ezekwesili found the tweet offensive to the citizenry because she said they had a right to their own opinion.
“Delete your Press Release,” she wrote. “How dare you dictate what opinion citizens should express on any issue in a democracy?”
“Globally, public backing is a sine qua non for all successful anti-corruption wars. Only governments that consistently acted lawfully earned it.”
Ezekwesili noted further that the DSS has been working outside its mandate while anti-corruption body EFCC is being under-used.
“I’ve often said judiciary is (the) weakest link in anti-corruption effort. Empower @officialefcc for greater work. DSS keep within your mandate.
“Why has a strong anti-corruption government not worked hard with @NGRSenate to confirm Ibrahim Magu of @officialefcc to bolster their work? Why?”
Meanwhile, the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) have on Wednesday, October 12, arrested two more top Nigerian judges, taking the number of judges so far picked up to nine.
Justices Bashir Sukola and Ladan Manir of the Kaduna State High Court were arraigned in Kaduna state and taken to the DSS Headquarters in Abuja. An insider in the agency revealed that they were immediately taken in for questioning, while six other judges are under probe.