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A coalition of civil society groups under the aegis of Nigerian Integrity Movement (NIM) claimed it had uncovered a plot by a judge in a Lokoja Court to deliver a premature judgement capable of causing crisis in the state.

The organisation said available information at its disposal suggested that the Judge was “under serious pressure… to deliver judgement of preelection matter ten days before the Kogi Nov 16 Gubernatorial Election.”

The NIM said the law stipulated at least 180 days hearing for the case to be properly investigated before any judgement.

This move is being scrutinized by NIM, a Civil Society Group, as it said it is watching with keen interest to see how this plot plays out.

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The spokesman of NIM, Kayode Esan in a statement said “it will amount to anarchy should the Judge yield to the wish of the power that be.”

The statement reads, “It is obvious the Justice is under serious pressure, from the powers that be, and that his lordship may be forced to make pronouncement that is capable of setting Kogi State on fire”.

The group therefore cautioned that His Lordship “must be closely monitored by the men of Department of State Services (DSS), the only secret service that has its reputation intact to save Kogi State from this imminent crisis”.

NIM wondered why a case that was still at the cross examination stage which demands more hearing should give judgement in a haste.

Esan said NIM has put in place measures that will checkmate the alleged behaviour of the judge, and thus urged the people of the state to remain calm as they are on top of the situation.

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