RIVERS STATE GOVERNOR WARNS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGAINST THE IMPLEMENTATION OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 10
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has warned the Federal Government against the implementation of the Executive Order 10, stating that it would destroy the Criminal Justice System in states.
Governor Wike, also noted that the Executive Order 10, which permits the deduction of funds from each State account to finance the judiciary, was politically motivated and geared towards the 2023 general election.
Governor Wike, in his keynote address presented at the 3rd Annual Nigerian Criminal Law Review Conference organised by the Rule of Law Development Foundation in Abuja Monday, opined that ahead of the 2023 general election, the Federal Government which has been hostile to Judges, now suddenly wants to lure the judiciary to assume it believes in the independence of the judiciary, by enacting Executive Order 10.
The governor in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, pointed out that politicisation of the issue of security by the Federal Government has continued to negatively affect the criminal justice system in the country, adding that the prevailing cases of kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery which threatens the very existence and stability of the nation clearly justifies the establishment of State or Community Police.