- The House of Representatives condemned the raid on the house of Senator Danjuma Goje
- They gave the police 24 hours to return the documents taken from his house
- The lawmakers said the excesses of the police needed to be checked
The House of Representatives has criticised the raid carried out by the police on the apartment of Senator Danjuma Goje and called for the return of the 2017 budget document allegedly carted away.
NAIJ.com had reported that security operatives had raided the Abuja house of the former governor of Gombe state for alleged-corruption carried out while he was a governor.
Apart from the documents, some money was also taken away after the doors were broken during the raid.
Premium Times reports that the House of Representative on Wednesday, April 25 issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the police to return the documents.
They also condemned the raid on the house of the head the Senate committee on appropriations and likened it to a Gestapo-style operation.
Abubakar Ahmad in a motion said the activities of the security operatives were causing panic among the citizens.
“The gestapo manner in which the security agents invade private residences in the course of carrying out their duties is causing apprehension in the minds of citizens”
“Unless steps are taken to halt these extra-legal actions, the nation may descend a near fascist state.”
He also expressed worry that the bill may not be passed on time.
“Now that the documents are in their (the police) possession, how do we proceed?”
“We have to curb the excesses of these security agents before it gets out of hand.”
Herman Hembe said he wondered what would happen to ordinary citizens if the house of a senator could be broken into.
“We must condemn this act in its entirety”
Betty Apiafi also condemned the action of the police and said all Nigerians cannot be treated like criminals.
“It has happened to the judges, it has now moved to the legislators, who knows what will happen tomorrow?”
Tobi Ogechukwu compared the operation by security operatives to that of Hitler.
“Just like Hitler did, they have proceeded to the legislature and we cannot allow this.”