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Court bars DSS, EFCC from searching Wike’s houses

Court bars DSS, EFCC from searching Wike’s houses

A federal high court sitting in Abuja has barred the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS from searching houses belonging to the governor of River State, Nyesom Wike.

Wike had filed a suit in 2017 praying the court to restrain the police, DSS and the EFCC from searching his house and had argued through his counsel Sylvia Ogwemoh that any attempts to search his house will be a breach of his constitutional right of immunity.

While delivering the judgement, Justice Ahmed Mohammed noted that the governor enjoys immunity under section 308 of the 1999 constitution and such could not be a subject of litigation.

“The defendants cannot whether by themselves, their servants, agents, officers, privies or in any manner howsoever apply for, obtain, issue or in any way or manner howsoever execute any court process requiring; the appearance of the plaintiff who is currently the governor of Rivers,” he declared.

“A declaration that by virtue of the combined effect of section 308 of the Constitution and sections 149 and 150 of ACJA, the defendants cannot in any manner apply for, obtain, issue or execute any search warrant at the residence of the plaintiff in Abuja or in any of the plaintiff’s residence in any other place or locations in Nigeria.

“An order that the defendants cannot by the combined effect of section 308 of the Constitution and sections 149 and 150 of ACJA, apply for, obtain, issue or execute any search warrant at the residence of the plaintiff in Abuja or in any of the plaintiff’s residence in any other place or locations in Nigeria.” the judge added.

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