The National Human Rights Commission – NHRC has expressed concern on recent ‘unwarranted attacks and harassment’ of judicial officers in the legitimate and constitutional exercise of their functions.
In a communiqué by its Director of Corporate Affairs and External Linkages, Lambert Oparah, the NHRC noted that the situation is further accentuated by the increasing lack of safety for Nigerians while pursuing their legitimate duties or businesses due to acts of hoodlums, criminal-minded elements, banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and others thereby undermining human security to abysmal levels.
He further stated that the recent attacks on the person and private property of Honourable Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court, the kidnapping of Justice Ijeoma Iheme of the Court of Appeal Benin Division and other judicial officers are but a few cases amongst a host of others.
The rule of law and the realization of human rights he posited can only be attained when judges and courts are able to dispense justice without any inclination to fear, bias and intimidation.
The Commission further calls on security agencies to ensure the rights and security of Nigerians and especially judicial officers performing their official duties are protected and should bring those responsible for the attack on Justice Mary Odili’s home as well as other judicial officers who have suffered similar attacks are brought to book in accordance with the law.
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