Judges now afraid to discharge their duties, says Gov Wike

Judges now afraid to discharge their duties, says Gov Wike

- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers is concerned about the desecration of the judiciary in recent times

- The governor said judges are now afraid to function in line with their oath of office in the country due to intimidation

- The governor made the comment when he received a delegation of women judges recently

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that Nigeria is sliding because judges are afraid to function in line with their oath of office.

Wike made the statement while receiving a delegation from the National Association of Women Judges, south-south chapter on Tuesday, February 25.

He said: “The problem with Nigeria today is because people are afraid to say the truth. Judges are afraid. They don’t want to be identified. That is why the country is sliding down.”

Judges now afraid to discharge their duties, says Gov Wike

Governor Wike, however, encouraged judges in the country not to be intimidated. Photo: Rivers Govt
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He charged the judges not to allow themselves to be intimidated by any other arm of government, urging them to defend themselves against irrelevant accusations.

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His words: “Whether you like it or not, people will accuse you. So, you must go-ahead to do what is right.You must understand the oath of office that you took.”

Meanwhile, a group, Lawyers in Defence of Democracy (LDD) have urged members and sympathisers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop their verbal attacks on Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court following the loss of the party in the Bayelsa state.

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APC members had singled out Justice Odili for derision days after the apex court sacked the party as the winner of last year's governorship election.

Justice Mary is married to Dr Peter Odili, a former governor of Rivers state and former chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“If Justice Odili is as compromised as they would now want Nigerians to believe, how then did the APC win all the appeals where she wrote and read the lead judgment?’’ the group queried.

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