Thousands of lawyers on Thursday stormed the streets of Abuja, protesting alleged continued disobedience of court orders by the Department of State Security, DSS.
The placard-carrying lawyers, alongside members of civil society groups, stormed the Federal High Court Headquarters in Maitama, the Attorney General’s office, National Human Rights Commission in protest.
They said that judges must not step down from cases involving the DSS as that would mean victory for tyranny and intimidation.
The lawyers are also urging all judiciary workers to go on strike until the DSS obeys all pending judgments.
“Currently, major roads have been barricaded and there is palpable tension as the protesters meet heavy resistance from security agents who are blocking the protesters who are insisting on marching into Aso Rock,” a witness told PREMIUM TIMES.
It is gathered that the standoff is happening on the Road leading to the Three Arms Zone.
Under the government of President Muhammadu Buhari the DSS has become lawless and has been accused of disobeying several court orders since 2015.
Recall the failure to release former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki despite being granted bail by the court.
Checkpointcharley understands that some judges have recently stood down from cases involving the DSS, in protest over the arrest of seven senior judges on allegation of corruption.