PARIS, OCTOBER 12, 2016: (DGW) Apparently irked by the late-night clampdown on some judges across the country, the Nigerian Senate has taken drastic step to prune the powers of Nigeria's security agencies by reviewing laws and also mandated its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to review the aspects dealing with powers of security agencies with a view to putting them in line with the tenets of democracy, DailyGlobeWatch reliably gathered.
The committee, according to our Abuja correspondent, is to file and submit its report in four working weeks. Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has been sounded a note of finality by the federal lawmakers to caution all security agencies to henceforth discharge their statutory duties within the ambit of the rule of law.
Frowning further at the late-night raid the lawmakers said the DSS exceeded their legal powers which amounted to the usurpation of the powers of the National Judicial Council which constitutes nothing but an affront to all democratic norms and principles.
The Senators said while they support the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government in its fight against corruption, it said this must be done by ensuring total respect for the rule of law.
However , the Senate soft pedalled by turning down the recommendation that the Director of DSS be summoned to tell the Senators who and what informed the decision to carry out the action the way it did against the judges.