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Saturday, October 08, 2016

MIIVOC decries crackdown on judges, says democracy in danger

A Civil Society Organization, Media Initiative against Injustice, Violence and Corruption (MIIVOC) has condemned the invasion of the residence of a Federal High Court Judge in Rivers State by security operatives, describing it as irresponsible, reports ITRealms.

MIIVOC's Executive Director, Dr. Walter Duru, made available to ITRealms in Port Harcourt, Saturday, warned that security operatives in the country were putting the nation's democracy in jeopardy and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call them to order.

"This latest development is a desecration of the sacred institution of the Judiciary. If any member of the Bench is found wanting, there are legal and civilized procedures. The laws of the land have made sufficient provisions for disciplining of judicial officers and the gestapo approach of the security agencies is NOT one of them, under the circumstance. Why then do we have the NJC," he said.

Duru also expressed concern that the continued unconstitutional conduct of security operatives could lead to anarchy, urging the APC-led government to embrace the tenets of democracy in the interest of the country.

"Not even in the days of the Military did we experience this kind of impunity. Reports of a threat on the life of the state governor, Nyesom Wike is also shocking. Impunity is becoming a tradition and all well- meaning Nigerians must speak out against this draconian display of brute force and timidity. I am afraid that if this continues in Nigeria, there may be lawlessness, as the citizens may resort to ways less than civil to check the excesses of security operatives, thereby taking their destiny in their hands, and when it degenerates to that level, the country is in trouble."

"Let the rights of every Nigerian be respected. Let the rule of law be upheld. Let our democracy be respected and nobody, under whatever guise should take us back to the dark days of Military dictatorship. 

"The Rivers State Police Commissioner and his DSS counterpart must be called to order. Nigerians are hungry and groaning, as a result of inept leadership. This daring move and sustained attacks on other arms of government is unacceptable. Let the principle of separation of powers be respected. 

"The least we expect from the present administration is that they come up with creative ways of taking the country out of recession, strengthen the legal framework against corruption, refrain from selective justice, weed the administration of corrupt elements and work towards fulfilling the electoral promises made to Nigerians," Duru said.

MIIVOC chief said, "No amount of intimidation can silence Nigerians. All we want is good governance and respect for the laws of the land" and called for the reopening of hibernated high profile corruption cases.

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