“OHAFFIA CRISIS” ABIA STATE LAWMAKERS…
The Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice Onuoha Ogwe on Monday visited the High court, Magistrate court premises and NBA Ohafia Bar Centre that were destroyed by the angry youths of Ohafia local government Area.
The Justice Ogwe was in the company of the Hon. Presiding Judge, Ohafia Division, Hon. Justice K. C. J. Okereke, the Chief Registrar His worship Analaba, His Worship I. U. Kalu, His Worship Uguru, Transitional Committee Chairman Chief Fred Idika, NBA Chairman Dave Okwun-Kalu, Young Lawyers Secretary Obinna Obasi and other members of the bar & staff of the judiciary
The court premises housing the High court, magistrate court, and Bar center (including the Area Command which is in the same vicinity) in Ohafia was abuzz with members of the bench, lawyers, policemen, military personnel, court staff, and surrounding residents.
The Chairman, NBA Ohafia led the Chief Judge and the Transitional Committee Chairman who is the LGA caretaker committee Chairman, Chief Fred Idika through the journey from the High court, the Bar center to the other affected structures.
Justice Ogwe expressed deep regrets at the level of destruction. However, the NBA Ohafia informed him on the timely intervention of the Branch secretary, Okorie Ifekwe, who recovered few items like the record book, a desktop computer, few printers & others from the High court Registry.
Justice K. C. J. Okereke lauded the Secretary for his quick intervention in recovery some of the items.
Furthermore, the Chief Fred Idika, promised to begin renovation of the Bar centre within a week so as to enable the building serve as Magistrate court room till the Magistrate court is rebuilt.
He also promised to set up the High Court registry, as well as the customary court in Ohafia for immediate use, while the destroyed structures are under reconstruction.
He further promised to make available a hall in the LGA headquarters, for the soon to be established COVID COURT.
This promise was appreciated by the CJ, other members of the Judiciary and the Bar.
The CJ and his Entourage proceeded to the Area command ohafia, where the Commissioner of police was on ground. The Commissioner of Police assured the CJ that the policemen involved would not be spared. Justice would be done.
The CJ condoled with the High court staff, NBA Ohafia and the Police on the Loses they have incurred.
While commending the Fred Idika, on his plans to renovate and put things in order for the administration of justice he urged him not to relent in fulfilling his promise of setting up the Bar center and the customary court for temporary usage as court rooms while others are being reconstructed.
TheNigerialawyer reported that there was confusion Saturday at Ebem, headquarters of Ohafia council area of Abia State as youths of the community burnt a police station, residence of the DPO over the killing of their kinsman identified as of Friday Arunsi by a policeman serving in the area.
Police Command in Abia on Saturday confirmed the arrest of an unnamed police operative for killing one Mr Friday Arunsi, a middle-aged businessman at his Ebem Ohafia community Abia.
The circumstances that led to Mr Friday being shot to death was a bit shocking when narrated by eye witnesses. Apparently, the deceased only crime was unloading his goods in his shop where he does his business.
He and his partner were unloading goods into the shop when some band of police officers walked up to them. They asked him to stop unloading his goods to which the deceased declined. After a brief argument ensued the officer reportedly went back to the station to sign a gun which was later used in killing Mr Friday.
This incident caused an uproar in the community who became angry after Mr Friday was confirmed dead after being rushed to the hospital by residents in an attempt to save his life. The youths were said to have carried his body in a protest against the act perpetrated by the officers. But instead of trying to calm the situation the police station decided to send another squad of police, SARZ, who when they got to the scene of the protest fired at the already aggravated youths. The bullet hit a barber who is currently receiving treatment.