Making A Mockery Of The Judiciary
A lot of quite frankly unbelievable and jaw dropping incidences go on in a Nigeria on a daily basis….unchecked. But some are so astonishing that it beggars belief even for a country where more often than not…anything goes.
Reports from Nigeria today suggests that High Court Judge was yesterday assaulted by ‘political thugs’ while presiding over the election tribunal of Governor Ayo Fayose in Ekiti.
Mr Fayose was elected in June after beating his opponent from the APC Mr Kayode Fayemi at the polls.
The APC has since filed a petition to the state courts to nullify the election.
A statement by the court’s registrar Obafemi Fasanmi alleged that on two occasions, thugs linked to Governor Fayose stormed the premises and harassed judges and courtroom staff and on one occasion allegedly beat up a sitting judge.
My Fasanmi said, “The Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Hon Justice A S Daramola has ordered the immediate closure of all state courts in Ekiti State.
“The Chief Judge has noted with increasing concern, the spate of attacks perpetrated by political thugs and their persistent presence in the premises of the High Court, Ado Ekiti in the past few days. It would be recalled that on Monday, September 22, some political thugs invaded the High Court No 6 where Hon Justice O. I. O. Ogunyemi was presiding. His sitting for that day was disrupted and aborted and the Hon Judge had to be ferried away by a detachment of police officers after he had been harassed and chased around his office by these political thugs.
“Again today, Thursday, September 25, another set of political thugs came in their hundreds and invaded the High court premises in Ado-Ekiti and in the process assaulted Hon Justice J. O .Adeyeye of the High Court No 3 in Ado-Ekiti, beating him up and tearing his suit into shreds while the police officers on guard looked unconcerned and uninterested as judges, magistrates and other members of staff had to run for their dear lives. The courts’ properties were either damaged or completely destroyed.”
Now none of these allegations, however bewildering have been confirmed by Nigerian media houses, either print or online or broadcast as no one was apparently able to capture the fracas on their mobile or even a camera.
Fayose has since denied the allegations calling them APC propaganda. He also accused the judge of being compromised and declared that he would not be removed cheaply by anyone or establishment, which sounds like a veiled threat that he’s willing to do anything to remain in office.
“I am not aware that a judge was beaten. In fact, this is strange to me,” he said.
“Though, I visited the Election Petition Tribunal as a party to the case and I was the only one that was allowed passage by security to the Tribunal. And to the best of my knowledge, the three judges handling the Tribunal case actually seated.”
This beggars the question how journalists who were there to capture Fayose’s statement could not use any of the other technological devices available to them to take photos of what was going on so Nigerians can establish the truth in what went on in that court.
Fayose is not known in Nigerian political circles as a man who plays by the books, indeed he was ousted as Governor previously on allegations of corruption while in office and while one cannot question the decision of the people of Ekiti state on their voting decisions, it may be wise for the Nigerian media to monitor the situation in Ekiti state more closely.