NEWS reaching us says Gunmen numbering about 20 in the early hours of today, Monday attacked the Zonal Police Headquarters, Zone13, Ukpo, Anambra State.
NEWSNAIJA learned they razed some offices and scores of vehicles during the attack, however, reasons behind the attack could not be ascertained as of press time.
A police officer, who pleaded anonymity, said the hoodlums were prevented from getting into the armory department of the place.
He said, “Our men prevented them from having ingress into our armory. I can’t tell you the number of casualties now because we have scanty information about the development.”
Also, a bystander said there were heavy gunshots before the offices and vehicles were set ablaze.
Efforts to reach Nkeiru Nwode, the Zonal Police Police Public Relations Officer, proved abortive as of press time.
The Senate has today, Monday asked governors across the 36 states of Nigeria to save the nation’s democracy from falling by permitting full Independence to the judicial arm of government.
Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, Chairman of, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, stated this while reacting to the protest staged at the National Assembly by the Nigerian Bar Association on the issue.
Recall that President, Muhammadu Buhari had last year, signed into law, the Executive Order No 10 of 2020 cited as “the execution of financial autonomy for state legislature and judiciary Order, 2020”.
The Order granted powers to the Accountant-General of the Federation to abstract from the allocations due to a state from the Federation Account, any sums appropriated for the legislature or judiciary of that state which the state fails to release to its legislature or judiciary as the case may be, and to pay the funds directly to the state’s legislature or judiciary concerned.
Bamidele, speaking with journalists, said judicial autonomy was non-negotiable and that state governors should emulate the Federal Government by granting independence to the arm of government.
He said, “It is ridiculous that at this point, we are still struggling with the need to grant independence to the judiciary arm of government at the state level and at the local government levels.
“The National Assembly has been making laws that would guarantee full autonomy to the judiciary at the Federal level.
“The National Assembly does not make laws for the states, such power resides in the state Houses of Assembly.
“Judiciary at the Federal Capital Territory is independent because we have done what we (National Assembly) are supposed to do.
“What is next is for the state Houses of Assembly to do what they are supposed to do.
“As a principal, and as a policy, members of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters have tried not to call on those who are protesting to stop such protests.
“We do not want protests but definitely, we would rather talk more to state governor’s houses of Assembly and other stakeholders to do the needful in the overriding public interest.
“We cannot continue to call on the judiciary to give peace a chance when we know the conditions under which they work cannot guarantee a passionate and improved delivery of justice.
He said “We are talking about judicial reforms, we are talking about the need for justice sector reforms.
“This is central and crucial to the independence of the judiciary in this country. We must not be left behind by the rest of the civilized world.
“Nobody stands to lose anything by granting independence to judiciary at the state level since it has been done at the national level.
“The fact that workers and staff of federal judiciary are joining the protest is only in solidarity with their colleagues at the state levels.
“It is a union matter and we do not have control over it. We are hereby calling on the state governors to do the needful because the independence of the judiciary is non-negotiable.