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Bayelsa governor condemns courtroom invasion

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has called on politicians to avoid actions that would lead to bloodletting in the 2023 elections.

Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa has condemned in the strongest terms the invasion of Justice Nayai Aganaba’s Court by hoodlums.

Diri made this on Wednesday at the reception and launch of a book titled, ‘Astute Judgments and Essays’ written as part of activities commemorating the retirement ceremony of Justice Aganaba in Yenagoa .

He called on security agencies to partner with the state government to provide adequate security for judicial stakeholders to enable them discharge their constitutional functions without fear of intimidation.

He lauded the Judiciary for its commitment to the administration of Justice and protection of the oppressed and vulnerable in the society.

The governor described Justice Aganaba as an erudite, incorruptible and courageous Jurist who triumphed even in the face of daunting challenges.

“I knew Justice Aganaba as a legal practitioner in the old Rivers state before the creation of Bayelsa state. He is an astute, incorruptible, erudite and courageous Jugde.

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“I call on the police and other sister security agencies to partner the government in providing adequate security in our court premises and for all Judges.

“This will help to avoid the reoccurrence of what happened on April 13,” he said.

Diri, who also applauded the State Chief Judge, Justice Kate Abiri, for her steadfastness and commitment to duty, lauded her efforts in ensuring that Judicial officers and Judges were given their rightful places in successive administrations.

“I want to again commend the state Chief Judge for her commitment towards ensuring that Judicial officers and indeed all the Judges in the state Judiciary were properly catered for,” he said.

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Earlier at a valedictory court session held in honour of the retiring Judge, Justice Abiri, said Justice Aganaba was a respected Jurist who put in 20 meritorious years in service as a Judge.

She said that those who attacked the retiring Justice Aganaba while on duty would face the wrath of the law.

Abiri also commended the state government for granting the state Judiciary financial autonomy

“As an arm of government, the Bayelsa state Judiciary has enjoyed autonomy. And I make bold to say that the state government has not held back any fund to the judicary since the financial autonomy status was granted us,” she said.

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