The member representing Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency and Chairman House of representatives committee on Judiciary, Hon. Onofiok Luke has expressed worries over the incessant abduction of judicial officers in the country, and called on the Nigeria Police Force,other security agencies to increase security and protection around judicial officers across Nigeria.
The lawmaker made the call through a motion on matter of urgent public importance,he moved on the floor of the House on “Urgent Need for Security Agencies to Ensure the Release of Honourable Justice Chioma Nwosu and Increase Security and Protection Around Judicial Officers Across Nigeria” .
Leading the debate, he said that judicial officers are becoming preys in the hands of criminals and the security of their lives and that of their families are under serious threat.
“Mr. Speaker, while the ordinary citizen of Nigeria were crying on the issue of kidnapping, we felt at certain point that those of us privilege ,were immune from what was going to happen,but right now, nobody is exempted and nobody is safe.
“Mr. Speaker, while we asking for the protection for judicial officers,we equally recognize the fact that this are the challenges being faced by the ordinary citizen in one way or the other.
“So our position is that,on this particular matter Sir,the judicial officers are ministers in the temple of Justice and they should be provided an environment where they discharge their responsibilities without fear or favour or any form of intimidation.
“The two incidents we have referred to,the kidnap of Justice Dogo of the Federal High Court and Hon. Justice Chioma Nwuso of the court of Appeal, is tending to intimate and instill fear in the minds of those who are saddled with the responsibilities of interpreting our laws” Luke said
The lawmaker had two weeks ago while condemning the abduction of Honourable Justice Abdul Dogo of Federal High Court , Akure Division who was kidnapped on his way to discharge his official ,to move the motion on the matter and to ensure security agencies expedited action towards Hon. Justice Nwosu’s release.
He appealed to his colleagues to support the motion,and also reminded the House that the 9th House of representatives on resumption promised to stand and ensure the security of lives and property of Nigerians.
“Mr. Speaker Sir, at the resumption of this House Sir,you said this house will stand to ensure the security of lives and property of Nigerians, whether they are common men or those in previlege position ,this is a time that we must arise ,I want to appeal to you my colleagues, that we must rise to condemn in totality the situations that we have found ourselves ,where our judicial officers are becoming preys to kidnappers everyday” Luke
The Akwa Ibom Lawmaker urged the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to ensure the immediate release of Hon. Justice Chioma Nwosu, apprehend and prosecute the kidnappers.
The motion received the support of other members of the House,who spoke strongly against the recurrent act that is threatening the Judiciary and it ability to dispense justice without fear or favour. The motion was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant committees of the house.