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DSS duty In law is to gather information, not arrest — Babalola (SAN)

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A legal icon and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Afe Babalola, has said that the roles of the Department of State Services (DSS) as a security agency, as provided by the Constitution, is to gather information for the presidency and others, not to carry out arrest.

The elder statesman stated this when he appeared as a guest on the latest episode of News Night, a Channels Television programme which aired on Monday.

In the program monitored by DAILY TIME TV, the veteran lawyer said, “The time when the military tried to deal with our judges the way they did in those days, that day they did the irreversible damage to law and judiciary.

“So, I am not surprised that the Buhari government did the same thing and people were at night arrested … the DSS who has no power of arrest; DSS’ duty in law is merely to gather information and give to the President and others.”

He insisted that the security outfit has no power to arrest anyone, adding that the nation has started to witness a reoccurrence of what happened back in the ’80s.

“If a judge knows that if he rules against government, they will look for him tomorrow, he will be very careful and yet the oath of office is that you give your judgement without fear or favour; where lies that now?” he questioned.

He added, “There are rules, there are ways of dealing with judges if they commit offence; that has not been followed.”

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