Courts in Nnewi, Anambra State have reportedly suspended hearing following the rising state of killings in recent time in Nnewi by gunmen.
It was gathered that the judges failed to attend court sessions because of insecurity and most cases in high courts have also been adjourned till November ending.
Some of the lawyers, who spoke with newsmen on condition of anonymity, said everyone was afraid of his or her life, including the judges.
It was learnt that the lawyers, who came to the courts, were there to pick dates for their cases.
One of the lawyers said: “You can see what is happening now, there are no security operatives on the court premises and the judges don’t have security guards either.
“Considering the recent killings in the area, nobody will like to risk his or her life. I don’t blame the judges for not sitting.”
On Sunday, two persons were killed, while another was injured in Nnewi when about 20 gunmen invaded the town.
They attacked the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Department of State Service (DSS) and Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital (NAUTH).
Anambra State in the last one week, after the murder of Dr Chike Akunyili has been gripped by tension. After the tragic incident last week Tuesday, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Joe Igbokwe also alleged on Sunday that his country home razed.
The politician accused members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) for the incident.
Scores of police stations, offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission and other government institutions had been burnt by rampaging hoodlums in the past few months. Though security agents had fingered members of IPOB’s military wing, the Eastern Security Network, as masterminds of the attacks, the proscribed group had denied the allegations.
IPOB had also threatened that no election would hold in the entire South-East zone (Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia states) till it achieved its agitation for secession from the Nigerian state. However, as Anambra State governorship election is just a month away, Independent National Electoral Commission has said insecurity will not stop the election.