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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Senate Investigates Xenophobic Attacks On Nigerian Judges In The Gambia

Senate Investigates Xenophobic Attacks On Nigerian Judges In The Gambia

The Senate’s decision was sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator David Umaru, who called the attention of the Federal Government to the alleged ill treatment of one Richard N. Chenge.

The Senate on Tuesday directed the Senate Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters and Foreign Affairs to investigate allegations of ill treatment and other xenophobic attacks on Nigerian Judges and other legal personnel serving in The  Gambia.

The Senate’s decision was sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator David Umaru, who called the attention of the Federal Government to the alleged ill treatment of one Richard N. Chenge.

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Umar said while serving under the Bilateral Cooperation Agreement as the Director of Public Prosecution in The Gambia, Chenge was declared persona non grata and ordered to leave the country with 72 hours.

He informed the lawmakers that some of the judges and other legal personnel who served in the Gambian Judiciary and Ministry of Justice have been complaining of ill treatment, hatred and xenophobic treatment.

Enumerating what Nigerian judges and legal personnel are subjected to, Umaru stated: “Refusal to provide working facilities to enable them discharge their official functions effectively and underpayment of salaries and in some cases refusal to pay same as and when due.

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