By Emman Ovuakporie and Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA – THE House of Representatives yesterday told the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal executive to direct security agencies in the country to obey court orders, especially those relating to bail and production of accused persons in court for trials.
The House also mandated its Committees on Human Rights and Justice to investigate cases of detention of accused persons beyond the statutory period, in contravention of subsisting Court Orders granting them bail, release or produce accused person in Court for trial.
It further urged the executive arm to prevail on the offending agencies to ensure their releases and report back to the House within four (4) weeks for further legislative action.
The resolution was as a result of a House in motion titled, “Urgent need to impress upon the executive arm of government the importance of obeying court orders” sponsored by Sergius Ogun representing Esan North East/South East Federal Constituency of Edo.
Ogun in the motion noted that “Nigeria as a country is built on the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 which provides for the separation of powers between the three arms of government, namely the Executive, Legislative and Judicial arms.
“Under the principle of separation of powers, no arm of government can usurp the powers of any other arm or take steps to prevent any other arm from carrying out its functions as laid down in the Constitution or undermine it in anyway.
“In the recent times, several security agencies, such as the Department of State Services have been consistently flouting Court Orders, especially as they relate to bail and production of accused persons in court.
“The Judiciary is the acclaimed last hope of the common man and any attempt to denigrate the Courts to the point where citizens feel they no longer have any legal to recourse to them may lead to anarchy and resort to self-help.
“There is the need to impress upon the executive arm of Government the need to direct the security agencies to obey Court orders and operate within legal parameters, citizens will continue to live in palpable fear and the economy will continue to suffer capital flight since investors tend to avoid climes where security agencies operate without regard for laws and court orders.
“There is the need for agencies of Government not to act in ways that make citizens live in fear and which hurt the economy through capital flights.”