Imo national, state assembly tribunal relocates to Nasarawa over ‘threat letter ‘

The National and state Assembly Election Tribunal, sitting at the old High Court premises, Owerri, Imo State capital, has been relocated to the High Court Complex, Opposite Shopping Malls, Mararaba Nyanya, Nasarawa State.

The Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Owerri branch, Daniel Odiba, disclosed this in a statement, at the weekend. 

No reason was given for the relocation.

The statement reads: “This is to notify all lawyers, litigants and the general public that the National/state Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, Owerri, Imo State, has been relocated to the High Court Complex, Opposite Shopping Malls, Mararaba Nyanya, Nasarawa State.”

NBA Owerri branch Chairman, Ugochukwu Alinnor, confirmed the development, saying it was the information they just received. had last week Tuesday, June 20 revealed how politicians in the state were dropping the name of unknown gunmen to threaten the Election Petition Tribunal.

The report the palpable tension at the premises of the Imo state Magistrate Court, Orlu road on Tuesday following the receipt of a ‘threat letter’ allegedly written by ‘unknown gunmen’ warning that no tribunal cases be further entertained in the state.

Sources at the court told our reporter that the warning from the bandits came on Tuesday morning.

According to one of the sources, “the letter warned that no further tribunal cases should be entertained starting from today(June 20). But if the court wants to dare us, they will have themselves to blame.”

The development forced the tribunal judges, lawyers and litigants to flee from the court.

Meanwhile, fresh findings by revealed that the threat letter emanated from some politicians who rigged the 2023 national and state assembly elections in the state.

It was gathered that the politicians took the advantage of the insecurity situation in the state to instil fears in the minds of the judges presiding over the tribunals.

“Their intention is to scare both the petitioners, lawyers and the tribunal to stop hearing the petitions against them. But they didn’t know that if the situation continues, the tribunals can be taken to a neighbouring state or even Abuja for continuation”, a source said.


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