Financial Autonomy: Former Vice Chairman, NBA Uyo Branch Condemns Police Threat To Attack Marching Lawyers

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A past Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Uyo branch, Anietie S. Inyang Esq. has condemned in strong terms the threat by one DSP Ezra Yaguda Maiha, Commander of the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Convoy to shoot with his AK 47 rifle and smoke lawyers with tear gas during today’s protest march to the Akwa Ibom State Government House to demand for the Financial Autonomy of the Judiciary.

 

The police officer who led a team of security agents drawn from the Nigerian Police, DSS and military, was deployed to stop the protesting lawyers from accessing the government house and had threatened to use tear gas on the Chairman of the Young Lawyers Forum (YLF) of NBA Uyo Branch, Ifiok Udomah,Esq and other lawyers during the protest, including very senior members of the Bar.

Anietie Inyang, Esq. posited that it is very shameful that at this age and time, a police officer whose duty is to serve and protect, can choose to resort to vile threats to use live bullets on armless protesters who are making constitutional and legitimate demands to their elected authorities.

He insisted that the NBA remains the voice of the voiceless and the conscience of the society and the case will not be different in Akwa Ibom. He urged the authorities concerned to investigate the allegation and bring the errant police officer to book.

It will be recalled that the leadership of the four branches of the Nigerian Bar Association in Akwa Ibom State embarked on a peaceful protest march to the Akwa Ibom State Government House, Uyo to press home the demand to the State Government to address the agitation for Financial Autonomy to the Judiciary, today.
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