Yenagoa—Legal practitioners in Bayelsa State have expressed concern over the security of judges in the various courts in the country, urging the Federal Government to increase security around judges and courts, Leadership newspaper reports.
According to the legal practitioners, the federal government should take the security of judges very seriously.
Mr. Marcel Oru, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), while speaking during a Seminar organized by the National Association of Seadogs (NAS) also known as Pyrate Confraternity in Yenagoa with the theme: “Courts Invasion; a threat to the Dispensation of Justice”, said it is sad that while politicians move about with a retinue of well-armed policemen to guard them but judges who are saddled with the task of trying hardened criminals are given unarmed police orderly thereby making the court vulnerable to attacks by thugs.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Pyrate Confraternity, Bayelsa State Chapter, Amaebi Clarkson Esq, described the judiciary as the last hope of the common man whose sanctity ought to be protected by all and sundry.
Also speaking, a former chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Collins Boleigha described the latest invasion of the court as barbaric and called on the relevant security agencies to prosecute the culprits.
On his part, Mr. Stanley Damabide, also a one-time chairman of the NBA Yenagoa branch while condemning the invasion of courts by thugs also cautioned that members of the bench should also be above board.