The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Benin branch has threatened to begin a total Court Boycott if by the end of November 5, 2019 security operatives fail to secure the release of kidnapped Justice of the Court of Appeal, Chioma Iheme-Nwosu.
“That if at 5pm of Tuesday, 5th November, 2019 His Lordship is not released unconditionally the Bar will embark on a total boycott of courts to commence on Wednesday 6th November, 2019. It will also pass a vote of no confidence on the various security heads in our State.”
The above threat is contained in a statement issued by the branch at its emergency meeting held on Friday, November 2, 2019.
The statement issued by the Publicity Secretary of the Branch Douglas Ogbankwa at the meeting also resolved that security in the State has deteriorated and worsened as citizens now live in fear and panic.
“Lives and properties are now at the mercies of bandits whose activities remain unabated and increasing by the day.”
“Judicial officers and Lawyers are now targets of the gun-totting bandits who now hold sway even in the city centre and at broad daylight.
The lawyers association further noted with grave concern that Government has invested so much in security but the various security agencies have not lived up to expectations.
They are therefore demanding that there should be increase security personnel for Judicial officers in their home, workplace and while on transit.
The branch noted that His Lordship Hon. Justice Chioma Iheme-Nwosu is a hardworking Justice who is serving about the third time in Edo State since about 2007 at the Court of Appeal, the Bar resolved thus;
The also condoled with the Nigeria Police and particularly the immediate family of the slain Inspector of Police, orderly to His Lordship Hon. Justice Chioma Iheme-Nwosu.
Justice Iheme-Nwosu is the second judge to be kidnapped by unknown gunmen within two weeks. The first being Justice Abdu Dogo of the Federal High Court who was released on Saturday 26th October 2019 after spending about one week in the kidnapper’s den.