– Governor Wike has condemned the activities of the DSS over the planned abduction of Justice Liman
– The governor denied that the governor had $2million in his house
– He said the DSS was lying and would not allow state to be run down by security operatives

Governor Nyesom Wike has claimed that the plan of the Department of State Service’s plan was to kill the judge in Rivers State.

Governor Wike in the early hours of Saturday, October 8, stopped an alleged attempt by DSS and the Police to abduct Justice Abdullahi Liman at his number 35/84 B residence, Forces Avenue, Port Harcourt.
The DSS claimed it found $2million in the house of one of the judges although Wike rejected the position of the security agency and insisted that Justice Liman could have been killed.

Wike said: “Their blackmail stories will not move me. They will concoct all kinds of stories to justify this undemocratic illegality perpetrated against the judiciary.

“It is really unfortunate that DSS would concoct a false defence that $2million USD , (that is N900million) was found in the house of the judge. It is unfortunate that the DSS is coming up with flimsy excuses.”

The Rivers state governor said the National Judicial Council has the right to punish erring judges and even though he does not condone corruption, he was against the move by the DSS.

“In the police, erring and corrupt policemen are first given orderly room trial, sacked and then appropriately prosecuted. For Judicial Officers, the DSS has no role.”

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“This impunity must stop.I am not in support of any judicial support being involved in corruption.

What we are saying is that the right things must be done. We must not do things that will jeopardise our hard earned democracy.

“If they had abducted the judge, they may go ahead to kill the judge and they will say that Rivers State is insecure.”

The governor added that he resorted to offering the explanation because of the DSS’ attempt to lie

“The way things are going nobody should relax. Freedom comes with sacrifice. Independence comes with sacrifice. Liberty comes with sacrifice.
“We must resist this injustice. Nobody can intimidate Rivers people. If you use to do that, not now. I am informing you before you will read whatever lies they wiĺl circulate in newspapers.”

“I was there with our State and National Assembly members, Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon. Austin Opara , the PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah and some caretaker chairmen. When they said I was with thugs I just laughed.”

Meanwhile, Garba Abdullahi representing the spokesperson of the agency, said the judges have been under investigation for a while before their arrest.

He said: “We have been monitoring the expensive lifestyles of these judges and following complaints on judgments made by these judges.

“The searches have uncovered huge cash both foreign and local cash.”