Lawyers have reacted to the siege to the homes of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, describing it as an executive over-zealousness.
In his opinion, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Simon Ameh, said although the police have powers to invade the residence of a suspect, the siege at the home of Mr Ekweremadu and that of the Senate president can best be described as a step too far.
“That is really surprising although I haven’t seen it, but I think they are being too harsh. Just overzealous.
“However the police are empowered to invade a place if they suspect things like armed robbery or fraud going on.
“It’s also based on their own opinion of what the situation is by law. That is what makes it subjective,” Mr Ameh said.
In another opinion, another senior advocate, Sébastian Hon, described the act as totally unacceptable.
“I condemn in the strongest terms the siege on the residences of the Senate President and his Deputy. Speculation is rife that this action by the security agencies is precipitate and is aimed at either preventing the planned mass defection at the Assembly or to illegally effect changes in the National Assembly leadership.
“This is descent to fascism. All lovers of democracy and our dear country must resist this, using all lawful means. Remember how the jugular of the Judiciary was aimed at, in the guise of fighting corruption. Now, after failing to blackmail the national assembly or failing to destroy it through smear campaign, its leadership is being targeted, using the same security forces who are being paid using tax payers’ money. This is totally unacceptable in any democratic set up. I condemn this in no mistaken terms.”