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Bombing of courts forebodes anarchy, NBA warns

Lawyers yesterday in Abuja warned against emerging lawlessness in the country following the Monday attack on two high courts in Rivers State.

An Ahoada High Court presiding over the speakership tussle in the state assembly between Evans Bipi and Dan Amachree and another court in Okehi, Etche were reportedly fire-bombed on Monday.
A secretariat of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) within the court premises was also affected by the fire incident.
In a statement, the President of NBA Okey Wali (SAN) called for an urgent investigation of the incident and the findings made public within 30 days. It described it as a threat to democracy.  
In the letter copied to President Goodluck Jonathan, National Security Adviser, and the Inspector General of Police, the NBA recommended adequate security for all the courts across the federation.
The Public Interest Lawyers League (PILL) in a similar message also described the incident as an attack on the judiciary.
“We call on the Inspector General of Police to arrest the drift into anarchy and the perpetrators of the dastardly acts,” said PILL President Abdul Mahmud.
While condemning the incident, Abuja-based lawyer Max Ogar said the incidence is “a sign of the dangers ahead,” adding that it is unfortunate that politicians are taking things to a desperate height.
Also speaking, Abuja lawyer Abiodun Oduwole said the attack on the courts is an attack on democracy and a dangerous signal for the general elections in 2015. He called on politicians to have the interest of the country at heart.