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NLC Condemns Hoodlums’ Attacks On Port Harcourt Court

Says No to Intimidation of the Courts

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The Nigeria Labour Congress [NLC] has condemned in strong terms “the attacks by hoodlums and their sponsors on the Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said this in a press statement he personally signed and made available to ElombahNews on Wednesday.

The statement reads in full:

We at the Nigeria Labour Congress condemn the attacks by hoodlums and their sponsors  on the Court in Port Harcourt.

These attacks represent the primitive instincts of the hoodlums and the desperation of their promoters.

But beyond this, an attack on the Court, any Court for that matter, constitutes a violation of  the sanctity of the Judiciary and an invitation to anarchy.

In light of the fact that the court is the last hope of the common man, no explanation is good enough for this level of primitive violence.

In our view, our democracy can only make meaning as well as stand the test of time with strong institutions.

Accordingly, we should eschew   undermining them as that will only render them prostrate and amenable to manipulation.

However, Judges owe themselves and the system the duty of living above board.

Anything to the contrary, erodes the confidence of the citizenry in the courts and makes attractive the quest for alternative route to justice, which often times could be savage!

Finally, we urge the police to fish out and prosecute these culprits, no matter how highly placed.

We say “No to intimidation of the Courts!”[End]

It could be recalled that some unidentified hoodlums attacked the Port Harcourt High Court leaving the judges as well as court staffs running for dear lives.

The hoodlums violently attacked the Court with guns, in a bid to stop the judiciary from making pronouncements on an electoral matter.

So far, the two major political parties in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] and the All Progressives Congress [APC] have been trading blames over who is responsible for the incident.


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