The leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has condemned the May 11 invasion of the Rivers State High Court premises by hoodlums said to have been aided by men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday. said the attacks represent the primitive instincts of the hoodlums and the desperation of their promoters.
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We at the Nigeria Labour Congress condemn the attacks by hoodlums and their sponsors on the Court in Port Harcourt.
These attacks represent the primitive instincts of the hoodlums and the desperation of their promoters.
But beyond this, an attack on the Court, any Court for that matter, constitutes a violation of the sanctity of the Judiciary and an invitation to anarchy.
In light of the fact that the court is the last hope of the common man, no explanation is good enough for this level of primitive violence.
In our view, our democracy can only make meaning as well as stand the test of time with strong institutions.
Accordingly, we should eschew undermining them as that will only render them prostrate and amenable to manipulation.
However, Judges owe themselves and the system the duty of living above board.
Anything to the contrary, erodes the confidence of the citizenry in the courts and makes attractive the quest for alternative route to justice, which often times could be savage!
Finally, we urge the police to fish out and prosecute these culprits, no matter how highly placed.
We say “No to intimidation of the Courts!”