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Imo monarchs worry over kidnap of Judicial officers


Nov. 06, 2019

From Victor Duruamaku, Owerri
The council of Traditional Rulers in Imo State has expressed deep worry over the incessant kidnap of judiciary officers in parts of the country and called on the Federal government to passionately do something urgent to stem the tide of this kidnap.
Addressing journalists in Owerri Tuesday following the reported kidnap of an appeal court judge of Imo State Origin Mr. Justice Chioma Nwosu Iheme last week along Agbor Benin road.
The royal fathers therefore sent an SOS to the Federal and state governments to halt the incessant kidnap and abduction of judicial officers in the country warning that the unhealthy development if left unchecked would spell doom for the nation’s judicial system.
HRH Eze (Barr) Chijioke Okwara (Eshi of Nkwerre) who made the appeal on behalf of his Nkwerre community where Nwosu hails from and the entire monarchs in the state while briefing newsmen in Owerri,expressed regret that apart from killing her police orderly, those who abducted the legal luminary are still holding her in captivity and had refused to open communication with either her family, the Imo State government or the judiciary.
“It is highly regrettable that the very people who these judicial officers are meant to serve now turn would to harass and to kidnap them.
We appeal that the Federal government and the 36 states should come together and find lasting solution to the nagging issue of violent kidnapping and abduction of innocent citizens of the land.
We will like to see a nation with solid security network for the protection of lives and properties and which will enable judicial officers to discharge their duties without fear of molestation”.
While urging the nation’s security agencies to do the needful to get the legal expert off the hook, Eze Okwara who is the Okigwe zonal first Vice Chairman of the state council of traditional rulers said that the monarch would continue to make the necessary contact for the embattled legal guru to regain her freedom.
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