The recent invasion of an Uyo Magistrate Court by men of the Nigerian Police, Akwa Ibom State Command has continued to attract condemnation by members of the legal profession. In the show of anger of the action of the Police, the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Akwa Ibom State has strongly condemned the sacrilege and has vowed to take up the matter to the highest level”
Speaking in an address presented on behalf of NBA at the formal opening of 2016/2017 legal year of the state, the NBA chairman, Uyo branch, Barr. Aniekan Akpan, said that the body demands a written apology from the Commissioner of Police and prosecution of the policemen who did the ignominious act.
He said, “We received the sad news of the physical invasion and sacking of a magistrate court in Uyo while the court was in session by heavily armed policemen, there are no words known to me that are strong enough to condemn this sacrilege.
“The NBA has risen to condemn it and we have taken up the matter at the highest levels. We demand that the policemen involved be identified and dealt with accordingly.
“We also demand a written apology from the Commissioner of Police to the Hon Chief Judge and the Nigeria Bar Association on behalf of the Nigerian people whose he courts as their bulwark against official high handedness.”
Meanwhile, the State Chief Judge said that the Judiciary has taken the matter as a very serious one and would do all to ensure that “justice is done”
Justice Okon who called on members the Bench and Bar to remain calm, maintained that the ignominious act will not be swept under the carpet.
It will be recalled that several Lawyers and Civil Society Leaders in the State have roundly condemned the action of the policemen that invaded the court calling for their prosecution.
The viewed that action as a desecration of the court and capable of thwarting the had earned democracy in Nigeria.