Magistrate collapses during protest in Calabar

A magistrate, Richard Bassey, collapsed on Tuesday at the gate of the Governor’s office on ‘Day Two’ of the magistrates’ protest over unpaid 24 months salaries.

He was, however, immediately revived by his colleagues who later took him to a hospital.

Unlike on Monday, the magistrates were in their full regalia with various placards on Tuesday.

Speaking on behalf of the magistrates, Solomon Abuo, said no government official had addressed them since they began the protest.

He said they had been tossed about for the past two years with nothing concrete coming from the government.

“As I speak we are still working. We will continue to protest until we are paid. This is our last resort,” he said.

As of the time of filing this report, the magistrates were still awaiting the government’s response.

The state Deputy Governor, Prof Ivara Esu, drove past the protesting magistrates without stopping to attend to them at the moment the magistrate collapsed.

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