The Guardian (Nigeria)

Judges seek adequate protection over incessant attacks

NSCDC uncovers illegal refinery in Imo

- From Collins Osuji and Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri

IMO State Government has been called upon to beef up security at court premises for judges and lawyers in the state, especially during proceeding­s.

High Court judges in the state, Justices Victoria Isiguzo and Mike Nwagboso, made the call at the weekend, after swearing in the new Mbano and Etiti branch executive members of the Nigerian Bar Associatio­n ( NBA) led by Richard Anyanwu.

They also decried the deplorable condition of courtrooms in the division, describing them as about the worst in the state.

Nwagboso, said: “I was working here before unknown gunmen attacked the place and I had to relocate to Owerri, where I now sit. The issue of security is very important to judges, lawyers and litigants. What touches one of us, touches all of us. I urge the new executive to work together to realise the collective dream of the team.”

“The Mbano court hall is dilapidate­d. It leaks badly each time it rains. It is about the worst court hall in the state. How do you send somebody there and expect him to work optimally?”

He tasked the new executive to tackle the challenges for a better justice system.

In his post- inaugurati­on address, Anyanwu promised that the situation would be looked into.

MEANWHILE, Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps ( NSCDC) in Imo have uncovered an illegal petroleum refinery in the state.

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