Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has pleaded with the kidnappers of Justice Chioma Iheme-Nwosu to release her unhurt.
Recall that some suspected gunmen who killed Iheme-Nwosu’s policeman also abducted her on Wednesday along the Benin-Agbor Road, Edo State.
Ozekhome while speaking on the incident stated that the abduction of the judge in broad daylight in Benin City is the saddest incident.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria described the judge as a noblewoman of high virtue, a fecund mind and one of the finest jurists of great erudition, currently dispensing justice in the Court of Appeal.
He said, “It is heart-rending that Nigeria has been turned into a gruesome and crimson theatre of blood, with absolutely no government protection insight.”
“I beg you, captors or kidnappers of Justice Chioma, in the name of Almighty God to please release her unhurt. See her as your mother that you would never do anything to hurt no matter the circumstances. I beg you also in the name of humanity and of womanhood, as you read this, to set free, unharmed, unmolested and unhurt, this judicial amazon. Please, please, please. I beg you.”
He stated that while Nigerians are experiencing challenges in the country, politicians are busy politicking, instead of spreading democracy dividends.
Ozekhome noted that it is surprising that politicians are already planning towards the 2023 election as the ink on the 2019 elections is yet to dry.
He claimed that the country has become overheated and over politicised enslave, with no space for genuine governance.
According to him, the masses are unfortunate and are the victims of societal degeneracy and misplaced values.
He added that the judicial officers are not provided with the right environment for their safety. And for the effective performance of their duties.
“The Judiciary, the weakest and whipping child of the three arms of government is mostly at the receiving end.”
“A minister or Senator (both of the Executive and Legislative arms of government, respectively), can afford to travel in convoys of fully armed security operatives. A Judge is mercifully left with just one policeman, usually armed with obsolete firearms. He is plucked down and dismembered like a chicken.”
“Yet, the judge, especially Justices of the Court of Appeal, must traverse the nation, handling never-ending sensitive appeals from election petition tribunals, in jurisdictions other than their ordinarily accustomed places of abode or sitting.”
“They are thus compelled by the cause and course of duty to travel by road, the very bad roads that are unmanned by security personnel. They thus fall easy prey to marauders.”