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Suspected thugs invade Court premises over Traditional stool; chase out Judge, lawyers,

There was pandemonium in Warri, Delta State on Thursday, June 17, following an invasion of the High Court of Justice by suspected thugs.

However, a source said that the thugs were die hard supporters and sympathisers of the Olu-designate of Warri Kingdom, Prince Tsola Emiko.

It was learnt that on that day, the court was meant sit on a suit filed by Son of the immediate past Olu, Ogiame Ikenwoli, Prince Oyowoli Emiko and his uncle, Prince Bernard Emiko challenging the emergence of Prince Tsola Emiko as Omoba.

According to a senior Lawyer, the court was already listening to matters that concerns the case when all of a sudden some elderly women, including youths and older male invaded the Court house in an attempt to challenge the suit.

The presiding Judges handling the matter, Hon Justice V. Akpoje and Chief Efe Akpofure, SAN, were hurriedly taken to a safe spot by officials of the Department of State Security (DSS) through the backdoor of the Court.


Reacting to the incident, the Warri Branch of NBA, condemned the invasion which they described as a barbaric act.

In a statement signed by Chief Emmanuel O Uti and Joseph Omonoseh, the Chairman and Secretary of the association respectively, said that the hearing was going on smoothly until the thugs appeared.

The statement reads, “From reports available to us, the proceedings were going on peacefully until it took a new twist when a crowd of thugs/hoodlums invaded the court, armed with dangerous weapons, and chased away judicial staff, litigants, lawyers, including a SAN, who was representing one of the parties, and disrupted the proceedings.”

“We call on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba to order an investigation into the matter as well as unmask those who carried out the barbaric act and prosecute them, ” the statement reads.

They also urged security operatives to provide adequate security in and around the court premises in the state to prevent another reoccurrence.

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