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Police lays siege on Owerri High Court

*Judicial staffers resisted arrest of citizen

Palpable fear pervaded the heavy presence of well armed men of the mobile police force who invaded the premises of the High Court in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The men of the police force had arrived the office of the Chief Judge of Imo State Wednesday morning to make an arrest. Who they came to arrest was sketchy as they refused to speak to journalists present at the scene of the invasion.

In the process, the men of the police force sealed the entire premises of the High Court, chasing away the members of the public who had come to court to litigate their cases.

It was gathered that the Chief Judge had not arrived the High Court premises at the time of the police invasion.

The police take over of the High Court premises in Owerri caused serious panic in the surrounding environs who could not make out what was happening. The officers arrived in war-like looking hilux pickup trucks and carrying sophisticated weapons.

An eyewitness who was inside one of the courtrooms at the High Court when the police force arrived, described the arrival of the police officers as frightening and jolting.

Cursory inquiry indicates that the Judiciary were not pleased with the aggressive invasion of the High Court by the police officers. The judiciary collectively resisted the attempted the arrest of the person the policemen came for. The resistance caused the police to mount even more aggressive tactics against the workers at the High Court for hours without end.

Attempts to get the comments of the Nigeria Bar Association for the state did not yield results before our going to press.

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