Onitshaâ€”Mr Iloegbune Okoye, the Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Aguata Branch in Anambra State, has blamed the rising crime wave in the state on the unresolved strike by judiciary workers.
Okoye laid the blame on government in Onitsha, yesterday while reiterating the ultimatum given by the NBA to the state government to meet the demand of the workers in the state.
He told newsmen that the â€œinaction of the executive and the legislative arms of government in the state on the 10-week-old strike was unacceptable.
According to him, the two arms of government had treated the judiciary with disdain, â€œforgetting the vital role of the judiciary in sustaining democracy in the state.
â€œJustice delayed is justice denied. Hundreds of people are languishing in jail while many are held in police custody for the past 10 weeks. The strike had led to a rise in the activities of hoodlums in most communities.
The judiciary is the only hope of checkmating criminals in the state,â€ he said.
Okoye also said that the strike had led toÂ colossal financial loss to businessmen and women in the state as well as revenue loss to the state government.