Posted on Tue 9 Jul 2019, 07:59 AM

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, has denied that its officer prevented a judge, Elizabeth Kafarati, from accessing her court room in Kebbi state contrary to what was seen in a video that had since gone viral.

Commandant General of the agency, Abdullahi Muhammadu, said the court was locked by the Kebbi State Judicial Council and NSCDC officer was posted to the court at the request of the state judiciary to prevent vandalism of court property. 

Justice Kafarati was at the court to deliver judgments and rulings on cases before her on the 4th of July before she retires on the 5th.  

Her situation is of more concern as she was reported, prior to her retirement, to be the most senior judge in Kebbi state but was denied confirmation as the Chief Judge on the state by the state house of assembly. 

NSCDC Commandant General explained that the Kebbi state judiciary wrote the state command of NSCDC requesting protection of the court, leading to the posting of the officer for the purpose.  He said that as soon as his attention was drawn to the trending video, he summoned the commandant of the NSCDC in Kebbi state.

“The report from the state said the court entrance was locked by the government and the officer was assigned to protect the premises from being vandalised as requested by the State Judicial Council in a letter to the state command.

 “Upon the arrival of the judge, the officer approached to inform her that the entrance was under lock, but unfortunately, he was not given a listening ear and was accused of preventing the judge from entering(the courtroom).”

Perhaps, what will interest to those who saw the video is the claim that "...unfortunately, he was not given a listening ear..." See the video here

The exchange of words between the NSCDC officer and the Judges Police orderly would have provided the officer from making any explanation he would have made if there was any. He was also seen to have clearly affirmed that he will not allow the judge to go deliver her judgments. 

 

 

 

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