A group of Police Officers in Ibi Local Government Area of Taraba State reportedly brutalised a Magistrate, His Worship, Abdurrahman Ridwan.
A statement from Ibi Lawyers Forum reads ‘Ibi Lawyers Forum strongly condemns the illegal act of about six Police Constables attached to Police Division Ibi.
The six Police Constables beat up Magistrate Abdurrahman Ridwan who is a Presiding Judge of an Area Court, Wukari, Taraba State.
“The victim is a bonafide son of Ibi, and also a member of the Ibi Lawyers Forum.
“The perpetrators of the act went for an illegal duty within the vicinity of the Magistrate Court. When Ridwan tried to correct the wrong actions of the Police constables, they beat him ruthlessly, to the extent that he is currently hospitalised at First Referrals Hospital, Ibi, for medical attention.
“The Forum further states that the acts of erring Police constables, is contrary to the provisions of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under Section 34 (1) Every individual is entitled to respect for the dignity of his person.”
“The Chairman of NBA Jalingo Branch has reached out to the affected Magistrate and other persons connected to the incident one way or the other, to hear from them, with the view of getting to the root of the matter to gather facts for onward transmission to the national secretariat for further action.
“We shall keep us updated, as we make progress on the matter.” The Publicity Secretary of NBA Jalingo Branch, U.B. Adie, gave this assurance.
“The Committee observed the absence of distinction in the salary arrangements between newly appointed judicial officers to the Bench of the relevant court, and those who have served several years on the Bench…..The Committee finds merit in the proposal, to distinguish long serving judicial officers from newly appointed entrants to the Bench.” – NBA Working Committee on Judicial Remuneration and Conditions of Service.