Controversial Abuja Federal High Court Judge, Justice Okon Abang has
been accused by some youths in the northern part of Nigeria of
receiving over N2 billion as bribe from Peoples Democratic Party, PDP
senator from Ogun State, Prince Buruji Kashamu, in the last two years.
The youths, Northern Youths Movement (NYM) said in a release signed by
its Chairman, Mallam Ishaya Jato on Tuesday that Senator Buruji
Kashamu has now attained so much notoriety that he is widely regarded
as a Consultant on any matter involving the Federal High Court.
The NYM said Nigerians should ask the Federal High Court President,
Justice Ibrahim Auta, why all cases involving Senator Buruji in Abuja
are always allocated to Justice Abang while those in Lagos are
allocated to Justice Ibrahim Buba.
The group alleged that Justice Abang has turned the court to where
justice can be procured the moment the right price is paid and that he
(Abang) must have received not less than N2 billion from Senator
Kashamu for controversial orders on PDP matters and the judgment on
Abia State governorship tussle that was set aside with ignominy my the
The youths said between 2011 and 2012, Justice Abang while in the
Federal High Court in Lagos handled suit numbers; FHC/L/CS/282/12 and
FHC/L/CS/347/2012 and was reassigned suit numbers FHC/L/CS/1248/2011,
FHC/L/CS/347/2012 and FHC/L/CS/535/2012 and in the last six months,
all cases involving Buruji Kashamu on the PDP are either assigned to
Justice Abang or Justice Ibrahim Buba.
They said Justice Charles Archibong of the Federal High Court in
Lagos, used to be Senator Buruji’s special judge until he was
dismissed on account of one of the Buruji Kashamu cases on Ogun State
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) (among several other reasons). It is on
record that Justice Charles Archibong must have given not less than 20
Orders of injunction, Committal to prison e.t.c. for Buruji Kashamu,
with most of the judgments not than two paragraphs.
The mantle to do Buruji Kashamu’s bidding as paid, fell on Justice
Abang when Justice Archibong was dismissed. Justice Abang must have
granted not less than 20 Orders for Buruji Kashamu who pays per Order.
It was Justice Abang while in the Federal High court, Lagos that
granted order barring the Nigeria Police, the National Drug Law
Enforcement Agency, the State Security Service, and the Nigerian
Customs Service from arresting and extraditing Senator Kashamu to the
United for trial over drug related offences.
Senator Buruji’s other judge; Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in
Lagos was the one who ordered personnel of the NDLEA out of Kashamu’s
The youths called on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to give
special attention to the handling of cases involving Senator Kashamu
and any other cases being handled by Barrister Ajibola Oluyede, who is
the head of “Senator Buruji Kashamu’s law chamber.”