Leave Amaechi alone, Enugu APC tells embattled judges  

By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye

Enugu State All Progressives Congress ( APC) has advised the embattled Hourable Justices John Inyang Okoro and Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court to withdraw their allegations against Chibuike Amaechi and Ogbonnaya Onu The two Supreme Court Judges had in their separate letters to the Chief of Justice of Nigeria (CJN) alleged  that Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and Hon. RotimiChibuike Amechi, Minister of science and Technology and Transportation respectively attempted to bribe them to pervert justice. 

In a statement signed by  the Publicity Secretary of APC, Enugu State Chapter, Mrs Kate Ofor, it said: “I am outraged that instead of defending themselves the Honourable Justices John Okoro and Slyvester Ngwuta are looking for people to drag along with them, hence the resort to afterthought. They should forthwith leave Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and Rotimi Amechi alone.”

On the issue that one of the justices  informed the CJN of their lobby,  Ofor said: “the Honourable Justices going by the powers conferred on them by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, are aware that they have the power to call on the police or even their orderly to arrest anybody who is attempting to pervert the course of justice. It is not enough to whisper to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, who luckily has not owned up to such frivolous allegation.

It is painful that corruption has penetrated biggly the temple of justice, where Justice is for sale, to the extent that humongous amount in different currencies were found in the house of the justices  like Bureau De Change dealers. This is why President Buhari lamented that if Nigerians do not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigerians.”

On the disagreement between  the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) over the suspension of the Justices, citing Constitutional provisions, Ofor remarked: “I am happy that the NBA has woken up, the National Judicial Council and indeed the Chief of Justice of Nigeria should be more patriotic to joining this strident war against corruption. If Nigerians do not join the fight and show enough commitment then we are in soup. The Constitution never envisaged this level of unbridled corruption penetrating the temple of Justice. In the past there were instances where the NJC used kid gloves administratively in dealing with malcontent judges. The result is what we have in hand today.

It was Magna Carter, enactment in England in the 12th Centurywhichadmonished Justice or anybody in authority not to sell Justice. Their dictum subsists till date.”

The party recalled that Honourable Justice Samson O. Uwaifo (rtd) proclaimed that “A corrupt judge is more harmful to the society than a man who runs amok with a dagger in his hand in a crowded street. He can be restrained physically of course, but a corrupt judge deliberately destroys the moral foundation of the society.”

“In the past we have had forthright Judges like lateJustice Anthony Aniagoluwho voluntarily declined to Chief Justice of Nigeria after a military coup because he was 3rd in the hierarchy. He also declined a tribunal case because his legal son Tony Mogboh (SAN) was the lawyer to the defendant,” it posited. 

The APC insisted that “let trial commence as all we need is enough evidence by the justice, not name calling. Therefore leave Onu and Amechi alone.”

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