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FCT Mobile Court Invaded By Policemen Over Conviction Of Colleagues

NBA Abuja Condemns Incident – Urges FCT Police Commissioner to Investigate

A mobile court sitting at Dei Dei was yesterday, 23 July 2020, allegedly invaded by security agents suspected to armed policemen who obstructed the proceedings in a bid to illegally aid some of their colleagues evade the law.

The FCT Ministerial Joint Enforcement Task Team on COVID-19 Restrictions had arrested a policeman, Agada Gabriel, for not wearing a face mask in public and overloading his Gulf car with passengers.

The culprit, who was arrested around the premises of the court, was said to have immediately called his colleague, Smart Jacob, for assistance. However, both men were charged for similar offences and sentenced accordingly.

Trouble started when they bluntly refused to pay fines or engage in community service as directed by the court. A witness, David Odeh, told The Guardian that the convicts subsequently mobilized gunmen from the Mobile Police Barracks at Dei-Dei who stormed the court, shooting sporadically.

While the Magistrate, Theresa Otu; Court Prosecutor, Emmanuel Yatsegha; and other court officials, including correctional service personnel, scampered for safety, the ‘policemen’ reportedly dismantled the court’s canopy and vowed not to allow any court sitting in the area.

The attention of NBA Abuja Branch (Unity Bar) ably led by Hauwa Shekarau has been drawn to the ugly incident and the NBA Abuja Branch strongly condemns the alleged incident and call on FCT Commissioner of Police, Ciroma Bala to urgently investigate and bring those involved to book to serve as a deterrent to others.

In a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary Ikemefuna Onyeka, NBA Abuja Branch states unequivocally that it will not condone any form of harassment or intimidation of judicial officers. Harassment and intimidation of Judicial Officers in the execution of their lawful duties as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution is a clear violation of the rule of law. A petition against this ignoble act has been dispatched to the FCT Police Commissioner to ensure that the perpetrators are fished out and brought to book. No one is above the law.

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