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General News of Thursday, 18 November 2021


Reps warn against harassment of judges

House of Representatives House of Representatives

The House of Representatives has warned against the harassment of judges in the country by security agencies, stating that it is not in the overall interest of the judiciary.

The chairman of the House Committee on Justice, Onofiok Luke, said this while speaking at a budget defence session with the National Judicial Commission(NJC) on November 17, in Abuja.

According to him, judicial officers should be allowed to perform their functions without harassment, noting that when judicial officers are harassed, it weakens the judiciary as an arm of government, as judges will not be able to discharge their duties effectively.

“There should be better living and working conditions for our judicial officers. There is a need to put in place, technology that would make our courtrooms to be in line with what is obtainable in other climes is making the sum appropriated inadequate.

"Of great importance to this committee is the security of judicial officers. We have stated as a committee that we should create an enabling environment, not only a working environment, not just good living conditions, but a secured environment for our judicial officials to operate without hindrance, without any fear of intimidation or harassment," he said.

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