May 30, 2018
We join other concerned Nigerians to condemn the recent unwarranted attack on a High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, by armed hoodlums. The attack which occurred on May 11 on the Port Harcourt High Court complex occurred as judges, magistrates, staff and lawyers were reporting for duty, is an affront on the judiciary.
While the attack was on, judicial and non-judicial workers were denied access to the complex as all gates were locked and surrounded by the hoodlums. The heavily armed thugs injured some judicial officers, other officials and destroyed some equipment. The invasion of the court has been condemned by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen who also called on Nigerians to condemn the act and preserve the judiciary, which is the last hope of the common man. The attack was equally condemned by the Rivers State House of Assembly which resolved to write to the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the Commonwealth of Nations on the development.
That the court was allegedly attacked over a political matter involving factions of a political party in the state is an attempt to undermine the institution of the judiciary.
It is, indeed, senseless to at- tack the court, the sacred temple of justice a few months be- fore the 2019 general elections. It is also a sign of what to expect during the elections, when there is need for peace to reign in the land. But, if there must be peace, there must also be justice. Our judicial officers must always uphold justice in carrying out their functions without minding whose ox is gored.
Because the judiciary is the only institution that dispenses justice, any attack on the judiciary is the highest form of rebellion. The police must make frenetic effort to fish out those behind the attack as well as their sponsors.
They should be prosecuted and severe punishment meted to those found guilty of the of- fence. There could never be any good reason for the attack.
The court was invaded over an impending political matter in the court and we advise judicial officers not to be partisan in the discharge of their duties. They must be above board and maintain a position of absolute political neutrality on any matter before them.
May 5, 2018
Popular lawyer Mike Ozekhome SAN has facilitated the release of two of Dino Melaye’s lawyers who were sent to Kuje prison by police for performing their professional duties.Sharing the news, he said….‘The mammoth crowd of lawyers that joined me at the magistrate court, Mpape,Abuja,to defend and get released from incarceration,two young lawyers,David Amaefula and Pius Udo-Inyang from Ricky Tarfa’s chambers,who had been detained by the Police and later sent to Kuje prisons for six days by the magistrate,on account of performing their professional duties to their clieht, Senator Dino Melaye.To God be the glory, they were released on bail’.
April 27, 2018
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Abuja Branch has set up a defence team for their colleagues detained in connection with the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye.
In a statement signed by the branch’s Human Rights Committee Secretary, Julius Atanawhemera Esq, the association calls for experienced volunteers to indicate interest to join the defence team through the office of the Vice Chairman.
David Amaefula and Pius Udo-Inyang, who are of the law firm of Messrs Rickey Tarfa & Co. Abuja Office, were on Tuesday April 24 arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office Guzape after they were dispatched to the Zankli Medical Centre, Mabushi, Abuja to secure justice for Senator Melaye, who was being admitted there.
Melaye, who was prevented from travelling to Morocco at the airport after he was declared wanted by the Kogi State Command of the Nigeria Police, was said to have sustained injuries on jumping out from a vehicle, which the police say was conveying him to a court in Lokoja.
According to the NBA, Amaefule was assigned to the hospital but his whereabout became unknown that same day as his phone were unreachable.
March 2, 2018
Olumide Ilenusi, the lawyer kidnapped in Ondo State by gunmen has been freed, Sahara Reporters just learned.
Mr. Ilenusi was released on Friday by the abductors after spending a week in the captivity.
A family source confirmed his release to Sahara Reporters in a telephone chat in Akure. The source who pleaded anonymity, however, refused to disclose if a ransom was paid before Mr. Ilenusi was set free.
“Yes, he (Ilenusi) has regained freedom, and will soon be reunited with his family and members of the community. About the ransom, I cannot disclose that for now but what is more important is that our brother has been released,” he said.
Ilenusi was abducted on the bad portion of the notorious Oba Akoko road in the Akoko South Local Council Area of the state.
The 41-year-old lawyer was waylaid by and seized by the gun-wielding men on his way for a burial at a village in Oba.
His abductors had demanded a ransom of N2 million shortly after his kidnapped but later reduced the fund to N1 million.
February 12, 2018
She is an alumnus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she obtained LL.B in 2014. Chiamaka Caroline Nwangwu, who was a victim of police brutality penultimate week, told JOHN CHIKEZIE how her journey into the profession of members of the wig and gown began
She is from Anambra state. Chiamaka Caroline Nwangwu obtained an LL.B degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2014.
In 2015, she obtained her Barrister at Law and she was called to the Bar.
She said: “My name is Chiamaka Caroline Nwangwu. I am a native of Ajalli in Orumba North Local Government Area, Anambra State. I am from a very small family comprised my father, a retired broker, mother, a retired Administrator General of Public Trustee in Anambra State.
“My only brother, who is a medical doctor and my humble self, grew up and lived part of our lives in Onitsha. I attended All Saints’ Primary School and later proceeded to Federal Government Girls College, Onitsha for my post-primary education.
“I was called to the Bar in 2015 after my LL.B in 2014 from the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNEC Campus.”
Yes of course, but it’s part of the profession. My most awful moment was when I was assaulted and beaten up by police officers while attempting to secure my client’s bail. Although it was a terrible experience for me, it, however, made me stronger, broadened my legal knowledge and solidified my courage in the legal profession.
I only hope and will make sure that my colleagues, especially young lawyers like me do not face such embarrassment because such stories if not tackled will end up soiling our nobility. We can’t just be Intimidated while carrying out our duties at the Police Station.
February 6, 2018
A female lawyer in Onitsha, Chiamaka Nwangwu, on Tuesday alleged that she was molested and stripped naked by some policemen at the 3-3 Division of the Anambra State Police Command while performing her official duty.
In a petition made available to our correspondent in Awka, Anambra State, the lawyer said some policemen at the station, on the instruction of the DPO, Jane Mbanefo, slapped her, stripped her naked and smashed her phone after inflicting injuries on her.
She maintained that after her torture, she was, under duress, asked to write an apology letter to the Police.
She said she went to the Police station on the prompting of her colleague in Abuja, who had called and pleaded with her to visit the station to help a younger brother who was detained over a misunderstanding with his landlord.