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Democracy threatened by orchestrated intimidation of the judiciary—Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has alleged that the ruling All progressives Congress (APC) is deliberately threatening the foundation of democracy by its orchestrated intimidation of the judiciary through false allegations and illegal arrests.

This was as he also said, due to the harassment of judges, no judge would deliver judgments against the interest of the Federal Government and the ruling party.

The governor made this known while speaking when the Port Harcourt Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Friday.

Warning lawyers against allowing what he said was the deliberate destruction of the judiciary under any guise, Wike said the ruling party and its officials had elevated the art of frivolous petition writing against judges as a means of subverting the course of justice.

“Our democracy is in danger. Our democracy has been threatened. What is happening to the judiciary is very deep. NBA must be careful of the deep implications of what it is also doing in the course of the present attack on the judiciary.

“All these actions are geared towards silencing everybody as we head to 2019. If anybody tells you that they are fighting corruption in the judiciary, tell the person that he is lying,” he said.

Earlier, Chairman of the Port Harcourt Branch of the NBA, Mr Victor Briggs, commended Governor Wike for his commitment to the development of the state and also thanked him for the construction of the ultramodern law centre for the branch.