There was tension on Monday in Tella village, Gassol Council of Taraba State, as irate youths disrupted the proceedings of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mobile court in the area.
The court was established to try motorists who flout the lockdown order in the state.Apparently not comfortable with the court’s presence, the youths beat and chased away the three judges.
Claiming that the court was blocking their daily source of livelihood, as they had been forced to stay indoors without food and other daily needs.
Not giving a choice, judges and the security personnel attached to the court took to their heels.
While the judges were said to have escaped into a nearby sugarcane farm, the policemen and civil defense corps attached to the court also ran for dear lives.
A witness told The Guardian that the youths suddenly appeared and started beating the judges, destroying proceedings papers and other documents before chasing away the judges and other officials.
Though security agents in the area have begun searching for the errant youths, the area was tensed, as the residents were afraid that innocent citizens would be arrested.
Confirming the report, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP David Misal, said, “The issue in Tella is an incident where youths resisted a mobile court. But the situation was brought under control.” The police, he said, would work tirelessly to track down the perpetrators who were still at large, at the time of filing this report.