Kebbi chief judge restriction: NSCDC defends officer

Kebbi chief judge restriction: NSCDC defends officer

- The NSCDC said it is looking into the issue of one of its personnel allegedly barring a judge from entering the court room

- The commandant claimed the personnel was present to provide security to the court room

- In the video, the personnel was seen standing guard outside a court room while the judge stood outside

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it is taking steps to resolve issues surrounding alleged restriction of a judge from a court in Kebbi by a personnel of the corps.

Abdullahi Gana, the commandant general of the corps gave the explanation in a statement issued by Emmanuel Okeh, the NSCDC’s public relations officer, on Monday, July 8, in Abuja.

Gana said that the attention of the corps has been drawn to a video being circulated on social media that a personnel of the corps prevented a judge from entering the court room.

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He said that the management of NSCDC was already in communication with the state command and had constituted a committee to look into the matter for appropriate action. He said report from the command indicated that the court was currently under lock and key with personnel assigned to protect the environment from being vandalised.

“We were also informed that when the judge came to the court premises, the personnel approached her to inform her of the development. Unfortunately, the personnel was not given a listening ear by the judge but was rather alleged of preventing the judge from entering the court room," Gana said.

He called on the public not to misconstrue the incident and give it different interpretations.

“NSCDC is a law abiding agency of government saddled with the responsibility to protect lives and property of Nigerians and so, cannot do otherwise by infringing on the rights of Nigerians. We will never take side, rather we will deliver quality services to all and sundry irrespective of class or creed," he said.

Gana, however, called for calm, adding that the corps respects the sanctity of every office.

Recall that the government of Kebbi denied persecuting the acting chief justice of the state, Elizabeth Asabe Karatu, because she is a Christian.

The government said against her claim, Karatu was rejected by the state House of Assembly because of alterations in her school leaving certificate which she allegedly confirmed during screening by the lawmakers.

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