The Nigeria Bar Association has condemned the fight that erupted between operatives of the Department of Security Service (DSS) and Nigeria Correctional Services over who will take the embattled former bank chief—Mr Godwin Emefiele into custody after a Federal High Court yesterday ordered his remand until he perfects his N20 million bail conditions.
In a statement signed by the president of Nigeria Bar Association, Mr Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau which a copy was obtained by News Band, described the drama that ensued in the court premises as shameful.
He said what happened in the court is further evidence of the lack of discipline and absence of professionalism that continues to plague key security institutions.
The statement reads, “The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) condemns the despicable altercation which took place today at the premises of the Federal High Court, Lagos, between operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and officers of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS)
“While it is difficult not to hold the leadership of the two federal government agencies directly responsible for the shameful and disgraceful conduct of its personnel, one cannot discount the possible overzealousness or excesses of the officers involved, as being responsible for what we witnessed today. This incident regrettably is further evidence of the lack of discipline and absence of professionalism that continues to plague key security institutions in Nigeria, which, without a doubt, is largely responsible for the limited progress in achieving a coordinated response to security concerns across the country.
“A situation where officers of Federal Government agencies engage in a fight as witnessed by the public, for whatever reason, is antithetical to our security as a nation and creates a recipe for anarchy and chaos. Both the DSS and the NCoS are important institutions dealing with national security and administration of justice respectively, and the need for them to work in concert towards attaining justice in a secured Nigeria cannot be overemphasized.
The NBA further condemns the brazen disrespect for the sanctity of the court premises. The courts and judicial processes remain the barometer by which the conduct of persons or agencies of government are gauged in assessing the rule of law.
“The NBA calls on the two agencies to take immediate disciplinary measures against the officers involved in this disgraceful conduct. In addition, there is an urgent need for a complete overhaul of the institutions and a total reorientation of the personnel, to achieve professionalism and ensure synergy in the discharge of their respective constitutional responsibilities,
“The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) remains committed to the promotion and protection of the principles of the rule of law and due process, within a safe and secured Nigeria.”