OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to urge the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to ensure the immediate release of Hon. Justice Chioma Nwosu and the apprehension and prosecution of her kidnappers.
It also urged the Nigeria Police Force to increase protection and security around judicial officers and their families across the country.
These resolutions are sequel to motion moved under Matters of Public Importance on the urgent need for security agencies to ensure the release of kidnapped Justice Chioma Nwosu and increase security and protection judicial officers across Nigeria, sponsored by Mr. Onofiok Luke (APC, Akwa Ibom).
Speaking on the floor, Mr. Luke, while harping on the constitutional mandate of the judiciary, noted that its responsibility involves presiding over serious criminal matters and politically charged cases; convicting and passing sentences on hardened criminals including drug dealers, kidnappers and murderers, thereby helping to maintain-and preserve stability, peace and equipoise in the polity, and protect and safeguard the rights of citizens.
He further noted the risks and dangers associated with performance of judicial responsibility on the lives of judicial officers and their families, and the necessity for judicial officers to be provided a safe, comfortable and conducive environment to operate, especially because they are becoming preys in the hands of criminals.
The lawmaker expressed concern that some weeks ago, Hon. Justice Abdul Dogo of the Federal High Court, Akure Division, was kidnapped on his way to discharge his official functions, and was later released after spending some days in kidnappers’ den.
He added that he was worried that just few days after the release of Hon. Justice Dogo, Hon. Justice Chioma Nwosu of the Court of Appeal, Benin Judicial Division, was kidnapped under brutal circumstances where his orderly was shot dead and his own whereabouts unknown.
Contributing to the debate, Mr. Yusuf Gadji said it is high time for the security put a stop to kidnapping in Nigeria. He told his colleagues,”We have to tell them to do their job and revisit their strategy to ensure that kidnapping is stopped in the country.”
Other lawmakers, including the chairman, House committee on Police Affairs, Mr. Bello Kumo, and the deputy whip of the House, Nkiruka Onyejeocha called for adequate funding of the Police Force, recruitment of the youth and engagement of community chiefs to carry out their job effectively.