A High Court of Abia State sitting in Umuahia, November 19, declared that, in Administration of Justice, only the prison officials and policemen posted on official duties are allowed within the court of law, not even the Directorate of State Services (DSS) which recently invaded a Federal High Court, Abuja, preventing litigants, lawyers and citizens from witnessing proceedings.
Declaring this in a suit HIN/FR/14/2021 between Mazi Nnamdi Kanu V. Federal Government of Nigeria and seven others, Justice Benson Anya also declared it is unlawful `to restrict the citizens and members of the public access to the court room and court premises during the working hours of the court.
Particularly, Justice Anya declared that Legal Practitioners , Litigants and members of the public must be allowed free access to the court without let or hindrance.
He also made the following orders:
- That it is also declared that the act of barricading the court, blocking roads leading to the court and impeding access to court premises and court rooms in a democratic society by any person under any guise is unconstitutional, illegal and abuse of the integrity and sanctity of the Court of law.
- That the judiciary is a democratic institution with a mandate to protect the rights of any person or persons who approach the court to ventilate their grievances. Therefore, it is unlawful to militarize it or cause the court to perform its function under the force of arms.
- That it is further ordered that the Federal Government and all parties concerned must protect the sanctity of Judiciary, the freedom and constitutional rights of the people .
- This case is adjourned to 10th day of December,2021.
Recall that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyers’ lock out from courtroom and eventual arbitrary adjournment of the activist’s case, November 10, by the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, had drawn the ire of the keen observers, with the activist’s legal team describing it as a travesty of justice.
Lamenting the adjournment and lock out shortly after the matter was adjourned till January 19, 2022, Kanu’s Special Counsel, Barr Aloy Ejimakor, said “we (the legal team) will surely take urgent and decisive measures over the development,” noting, “I, particularly, am not happy. And the world should not be happy. How can the judge just lock out Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyers and refuse us entry into the courtroom? And then arbitrarily adjourned the case to January 19,2022. This is a travesty of justice, and we will surely take urgent and decisive measures over the development,” Ejimakor bemoaned.
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