Femi Falana, a human rights activist, has spoken out against night raids carried out by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Falana stated in an interview with Channels Television that there is no law that supports night raids on citizens’ residences.
According to the senior lawyer, DSS should have taken inventory of items recovered from Igboho’s residence armed with an arrest warrant.
According to him, Nigeria’s night raids are a legacy of the military dictatorship.
In Nigeria, there is no law that permits you to arrest anyone in the middle of the night. You're not planning a coup. We're not armed robbers. "I said this when the judges were arrested. As they did in 2016, if you are going to arrest a judge, what prevents you from staying around the premises to make sure the man doesn't escape. If he is going to drive away, you simply accost him and tell your lordship that you need your attention. A civilized society requires civility. The legacy of military dictatorship in our country is very dangerous. Unless a crime is committed at night, there is no provision. Arrests cannot be made there. A warrant of arrest is required in this case. "We need a search warrant."
As to the Southern Governors’ resolution to be informed before arrests are made in their states, he said;
"This is a rather late decision. According to the constitution, governors are chief security officers of their states - as well as the attorney-general of Anambra state and attorney-general of the federation. “When Governor Ngige of the then Anambra state was kidnapped with the connivance of a chief police officer. The state governor went to court and supreme court made a point that the commissioner of police in each state are under the control of the governor and they must take directive from the governor.”