File picture of DSS officers on the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja on December 6, 2019.
A lawyer, Tope Alabi, has requested a Federal Excessive Court docket sitting in Lagos to cease the State Safety Service (SSS) from being addressed or addressing itself as Division of State Service (DSS) with out an modification of the regulation.
The Lagos-based lawyer additionally requested the court docket to declare that the DSS shouldn’t be an company established underneath any regulation in Nigeria.
Within the originating summons filed earlier than the court docket, Alabi the plaintiff listed the State Safety Service (SSS) and Legal professional-Normal of the Federation as the primary and second respondents.
Making an allowance for Part 2(3) Nationwide Securities Company Act of 2004, the plaintiff amongst different issues additionally sought a declaration of the court docket that the authorised operations of the SSS don’t contain arrest and detention of Nigerians with out a court docket order.
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The plaintiff additionally desires the courts to declare that that SSS shouldn’t be authorised to arrest or execute extrajudicial killing of an individual accused of a criminal offense with out a trial and conviction by a court docket.
In an affidavit dated August 24 and connected in help of the go well with, Alabi referenced as examples October 8, 2016, SSS invasion of judges’ properties, the August 2, 2019 invasion of Omoyele Sowore’s house, and the July 2021 raid on the house of Sunday Igboho, throughout which 12 individuals had been arrested.
The plaintiff additional requested the court docket to find out whether or not the SSS can invade any state with out the data and consent of the sitting governor of such state, amongst different prayers.
In accordance with him, the SSS’ has additionally made itself “an agent for dispute settlement and debt restoration among the many citizenry” and different unauthorised actions which has been creating “panic and terror within the society.”
The court docket is but to repair a date for the listening to of the go well with.