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Published On: Fri, Oct 24th, 2014

Reps condemn invasion of High Court in Ekiti

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House of Representatives reps logoBy Umar Muhammad Puma

The House of Representatives has condemned in its entirety, the barbaric action of the thugs in the unprecedented assault on high court and beating up of Judges in Ekiti state, describing the invasion as an assault on the Judiciary.

The lawmakers also urged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba to order a thorough investigation into the incident with a view to arrest and prosecute the culprits.

Members of the House also supported efforts by National Judicial Council (NJC) to investigate the invasion of the courts, assault on the Judges and other judicial officers in the State.

The resolution was sequel to the adoption of the prayer of a motion brought before the House by Rep. Ifeoluwa Arowosoge (APC-Ekiti), who noted that the motion intended to protect the sanctity of the Judiciary and allow unfettered access to justice for all.

Arowosoge said that on September, 22 a senior judge, Justice Isaac Ogunyemi was beaten up by thugs.

“On Thursday of the same week, being September, 25, 2014, another Judge, Justice John Adeleye was also beaten and dragged on the floor with his official regalia torn.

“While other judicial officers, lawyers, litigants as well as journalists were equally intimidated by the thugs,” he added.

Arowosoge said “these scandalous assaults took place in the full glare of law enforcement agents who did not attempt to prevent the assaults on the judges and other judicial officers.”

The lawmaker, said the failure of the security agents to deal with the invasion of the courts had occasioned the avoidable escalation of violence “leading to the unfortunate loss of life’’.

Arowosoge also noted that the violence which erupted at the State High Court grounded all activities in the other courts “including the Magistrate Courts, Federal High Court, Court of Appeal and even the Election Petitions Tribunal, all of which are located in the same premises.

“The independence of the Judiciary, which should be an inviolable tenet of any democracy, is being threatened by assaults and intimidation of Judges and other judicial officers,” he lamented.

Earlier, efforts by Rep. Sunday Karimi (APC-Kogi) to stop the motion on the premise that the prayers were belated and that it was subjugated did not hold.


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