PDP backs NBA on Buhari’s alleged intimidation of judges
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, on Sunday said the fear of insecurity and intimidation of judges raised by the Nigeria Bar Association confirmed the party’s position that the ruling All Progressives Congress was trying to obstruct justice.
Secondus said this in a statement made available to journalists by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, in Abuja.
He said the alarm raised by the NBA further confirmed the position of the PDP that the present administration was shrinking the doctrine of separation of power to give room for a full blown dictatorship.
He said the fear raised by the NBA, which was contained in a speech by its President, Mr Paul Usoro (SAN), and unanimously adopted by the association’s National Executive Committee, was real.
He said, “The PDP has continuously raised the alarm on the gradual erosion of the doctrine of separation of power by the APC administration as the nation watch helplessly.”
Elombah News has reported that the President of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Paul Usoro, said judges are afraid of performing their duties as expected due to fear and intimidation from the executive arm of government.
He made the disclosure while speaking at NBA’s National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting, held at the association’s secretariat in Abuja last week.
Usoro lamented over the “intimidation of judges by members of the executive arm and security operatives”, stressing that judges now “operate under an oppressive and pervasive climate of fear and insecurity.”
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria said: “Our Judges are threatened, intimidated and blackmailed mostly by the executive arms of government and their agencies both at the federal and state levels.
“Our judges cannot deliver justice under a climate of fear and intimidation. Justice thrives where and when there is an independent judiciary. There can be no such independence when there is no security of tenure for our Judges. There can be no independence of the judiciary when our judges are intimidated, threatened and blackmailed by state agencies and their officials.
“There can be no independence of the judiciary when our judges are actively coerced by state officials to think and reason only in the manner that those officials and, presumably, government want them to think.
“My dear colleagues, as you would observe, I have given you three illustrative instances of the insecurity that pervades our land from the three NBA Nigerian Zones – East, West and North – and that, by itself, makes the point that no part of our country is safe.
“No region is safe, and no tribe is safe. No one indeed is safe. And yet, we have governments in place, at the federal, state and local government levels and the primary business of governments is the protection of lives and property. Indeed, without security of lives and property, everything else grinds to a halt.”
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