Rivers invasion: NBA has failed Judiciary sector – Wike
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has expressed displeasure with the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, for failing to condemn the invasion of the Rivers State Judicial Complex by alleged political hoodlums of the All Progressives Congress APC.
Speaking during the submission of reports by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the violent invasion of the State Judiciary Complex on 11th April, 2018 and the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Violence, Killings and other Related Matters during the 2019 General Elections at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike wondered why the NBA refused to defend the sanctity of the Court.
The Governor said one of the reasons the country was not moving forward was because people refused to condemn evil.
He decried the situation where the NBA failed to take action to strengthen the Judiciary in the face of the invasion of the Court.
According to Wike, “How can people invade the Court and the NBA did not submit a memorandum on the unfortunate incident.
“NBA kept quiet and it is regrettable. If NBA cannot work for the interest of the state, then it is not good”
“Let me assure you that by the time that the Executive Council is fully constituted , we will make sure that the white paper comes out and government will implement the recommendations.
Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the violent invasion of the State Judiciary Complex on 11th April 2018, Justice Simeon Amadi said that the commission took steps to ensure that everybody is given fair hearing.
He said that the report of the commission is in four volumes, adding that the Commission received 27 memoranda, 82 documents tendered, while 27 witnesses testified.
Also speaking, Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Violence, Killings and other Related Matters during the 2019 General Elections, Justice Monima Danagogo said that the Commission received 13 memoranda, 73 exhibits , while 21 witnesses testified .
He said that the report is in four volumes, with the commission concluding its work on schedule.
The two Judicial Commissions of Inquiry presented documentaries on the Highlights of their public sittings
Governor Wike thanked the two Judicial Commissions of Inquiry for doing a diligent and comprehensive job.