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HURIWA urges NBA to push for sanitisation of judiciary

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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has urged the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to push for the sanitisation of the judicial arm of government to save it from collapse.

National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, who made the call at a media briefing, yesterday, in Abuja, with the theme, “State of National Security, Human Rights and Disrespect for Rule of Law By Security Forces”, noted that the judicial arm of government has “rubbished her integrity.”

Onwubiko stressed that there was the need for the court to sanitise itself, adding that the integrity of the court system in Nigeria had been eroded, especially with the removal of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.

He said: “We now have a court system headed by an authority produced through illegality and nobody is respecting the court again. The court should call itself to order.

“The NBA should sit up as an integral aspect of any kind of sanitisation of the court system in Nigeria. They should please intervene and save the judiciary from imminent collapse. The judiciary has a terrible problem; they have a crisis of credibility that has to be checked without further delay,” he said.

While making reference to the prolonged detention of human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, by the Department of State Services (DSS), he said the greatest threat to Nigeria’s security was the flagrant disrespect of the rule of law by security agencies and elected officials.

He further urged security forces to respect the constitution and stop the attempt to destroy constitutional democracy, stressing that they must comply with court orders.


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