The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, has decried the recent attack on the Ogun State Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, stressing that it was disturbing that needless attack on litigants by overzealous and lawless politicians was gradually becoming a tradition in Nigeria.
Describing the attack on the Ogun State election petitions tribunal as a national embarrassment that tends to diminish Nigerians as a people; CACOL urged security agencies to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators.
The group, which seeks a corrupt-free society in a statement issued on Friday by its Executive Chairman, Mr. Debo Adeniran, said it was saddening that no suspect had been arrested in connection with the attack three days after it occurred.
According to them, “Attack is a national embarrassment that tends to diminish our value and dignity as a people. Such act of barbarism is only capable of debasing our sensibility as humans.
“By the way, what sort of society are we trying to build or what legacy shall we be bequeathing to upcoming generations, when the sanctity of our hallowed chambers of justice is flagrantly desecrated at will by those who have assumed a status of out-laws in our midst?
“Is ours turning into an animal kingdom where laws do not exist at all?
“Since the court is said to be the last hope of the common man in seeking justice, where else could the
common man turn to when his last hope has been turned into a scene of jungle behaviour of all sort?”
CACOL chairman recalled that Nigerians were stunned not long ago when some group of political thugs
invaded the premises of the High Court in Ado-Ekiti and beat up litigants, counsel and other court officials, including a judge whose official robe was torn to shreds.
He said to the best of his knowledge, the attackers were not invited for questioning, let alone arraigned for prosecution, adding that, “Because that show of national shame and embarrassment was allowed to go unaddressed, a precedent, so to say, has been set.”