The Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura will on Thursday, August 6, 2015 appear before the Senate over the role of his agency in the Rivers State election tribunal.
According to reports, the DSS detained the Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC, Gesila Khan, over the 2015 general election while some other members of INEC in the state have been arrested by the agency, prompting members of the State House of Assembly to approach the Federal House of Assembly to rake up the issue.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, urged the senate to save the independence of the judiciary.
He said: “The DSS purports to be acting on some pre-arranged petitions from persons who are directly interested in the outcome of the various election petitions from Rivers state.
“We make bold to say that they lack the power or the authority to invite any judicial officer for questioning concerning their handling of election petitions.”
Also speaking on the matter, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, whose heads the committee saddled with the responsibility of looking into the issue said: “The independence of the judiciary is a very serious pillar in the dispensation of justice.
“That is why the committee takes the allegation of intimidation of tribunal members very seriously. If the judiciary is intimidated, then the independence is compromised.”