Make criminal attacks on judges unprofitable, NBA charges government
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has charged the government to make criminal attacks on judges unprofitable.The NBA President, Paul Usoro (SAN), while commenting on the kidnap of Justice Chioma Iheme-Nwosu, Justcie of the Court of Appeal and murder of her orderly, yesterday, said: “Given the sensitive nature of judges’ assignments, it behooves on us to make criminal attacks on them most unprofitable for the criminals, lest justice becomes imperiled and shackled. This point assumes greater importance in this season, when Justices of the Court of Appeal are crisscrossing the Nigerian nation to sit on and dispense justice in election petition matters.”
Usoro stated that the utterly reprehensible kidnap of Iheme-Nwosu, and the gruesome murder of her orderly should not only unnerve and agitate all Nigerians, but must also jolt the collective conscience.
“Iheme-Nwosu’s car was intercepted and disabled, Rambo-style, by dare-devil criminals, who executed her orderly with the proficiency of marksmen right in the heart of Benin City and then abducted His Lordship, all in broad daylight at about 11.30am. As we write, Her Lordship’s whereabout and safety remain unknown and of grave concern to all well-meaning persons.”
He noted that beyond the safety of judges generally, “we cannot but wonder what type of bestial and evil people would descend on a woman and a Justice, with such violence and inhumanness, as was meted out to Iheme-Nwosu JCA?” He wondered if Nigerians had become so completely immoral and gone so low in cultural esteem that criminals have no respect whatsoever and howsoever for womanhood.
The NBA not only condemns in the strongest terms the horrifying and criminal abduction of Iheme-Nwosu, but also calls for her immediate release and safe return.
“The law enforcement agencies owe their assassinated colleague, Iheme-Nwosu, JCA’s orderly the debt and responsibility of fishing out and meting justice to the criminals who so brutally and heinously murdered him and abducted His Lordship. This crime must not end up as part of our crime statistics. We owe ourselves the responsibility of stopping these criminals now.”
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