Southeast Unrest: Gunmen Destroyed 12 Imo Courts In Two Years – CJ

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Chief Judge of Imo State, Hon Justice Theresa Chukwuemeka-Chikeka, has disclosed that the state has lost no fewer than 12 courts to attacks of gunmen in the last two years.

The jurist made this disclosure during the flag-off of the 2023/2024 Legal Year, held at the Hon. Justice Chikwudifu Oputa Court Complex, Owerri.

Some of the affected courts listed by Chukwuemeka-Chikeka however, include: High Court, Etiti, High Court Atta Nwabiri, Magistrate Court Okpala, Customary Court Umunneke and Customary Court, Ihioma.

Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma, represented by his deputy, Lady Chinyere Ekomanu, performed the flag-off.

The CJ added that insecurity was still a serious concern to the judiciary in the state.

Justice Chukwuemeka-Chikeka averred that the Imo State judiciary has lost personnel, infrastructure and man-hours as a result of insecurity.

 “It has become the foremost problem facing the judiciary, as with other facets of our life, particularly in the past few years. This has resulted in the loss of personnel, infrastructure and man-hours. Within the last two years alone, the judiciary has lost more than a dozen of courts,” she said.

She added that in 2023, the High Court sitting in Orlu and the High Court sitting in Oguta respectively, as well as Magistrate Court, Ubulu, were also affected.

She urged legal practitioners to apply more diligence and vigilance in the discharge of their duties.

Flagging-off the 2023/2024 legal year, Uzodimma promised to stabilize the wheels of justice in the state, just as he described the judiciary as the last hope of the common man in the society.

The governor reiterated the state government’s commitment in partnering with the judiciary in upholding justice in the state.

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