Ekiti State Governor, Mr
Ayodele Fayose has described
the controversial Federal High
Court Judge, Okon Abang,
as a disgrace to the judiciary
in Nigeria, saying that the
judge was acting more like a
persecutor in the case of former
National Publicity Secretary of
the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, such
that he ridiculed Nigeria by
causing an accused to be brought
to court on a stretcher.
The governor, who said it was
clear that Justice Abang was
out to satisfy the sinister aim of
Metuh’s persecutors, said; “In saner climes, all that is needed as
proof of inability to stand trial due
to ill health is a doctor report from
duly recognized health institution
and one wonders whether medical
report from federal government
owned Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Teaching Hospital, Nnewi,
Anambra State should not have
been enough to convince Justice
Abang that Metuh was indeed sick.
According to a statement issued
on Tuesday, by his Special Assistant
on Public Communications and
New Media, Lere OIayinka,
Governor Fayose said; “Shame
on Abang, a judge who goes to
court robing himself in garment of
corruption. Why didn’t he (Abang)
dock Metuh with the stretcher on
which he was brought to court
yesterday despite all his initial
bragging?
“The judge’s utterances during
last month’s court appearance
when he was told that Metuh was
on admission and could not appear
in court was a clear demonstration
of malice and desperation to
convict an accused person at all
cost.
The governor said it was obvious
that Justice Abang’s only aim was
to satisfy the interest of those with
evidence of his corrupt practices,
adding that; “When they needed
the Code of Conduct Tribunal
(CCT) Chairman, Danladi Umar to
help them convict Senate President
Bukola Saraki, they made the
Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) to clear him
of culpability in the N10 million
bribery allegation levelled against
him.
“In April 2016, the EFCC said
via a letter signed by the Secretary
of the Commission, Emmanuel
Adegboyega Aremo that ‘after
investigating the case for some
time, it became clear that the whole
allegation bordered in the realm
of mere suspicion and would be
difficult to charge the CCT judge to
court based on the allegation.’
“Today, the same Umar that
they cleared has been charged to
court by the EFCC on the same
allegation.
“Obviously, they intend to use
the criminal charges filed against
the CCT chairman to blackmail him
into doing their sinister bidding of
convicting Senator Saraki at all cost
just as they are doing in the case of
Metuh.
“On August 18, 2016, five Appeal
Court justices in their judgment in
the case of Abia State Governor,
Okezie Ikpeazu Vs. Samson Ogah,
said Justice Abang committed a
rape on democracy!
“Also, a three-member panel
of Appeal Court judges led by
Justice Ibrahim Salauwa said the
judgement delivered by Justice
Abang on October 14, 2016 was
as ‘fraudulent as it was violent’
and that the judge acted like
Father Christmas.
“If not because of his ability
to do hatchet jobs for those
presently holding Nigeria at the
jugular, how can a judge like
Abang that has been adjudged
severally as giving fraudulent
judgments and acting like Father
Christmas still sit in judgment
over cases involving Nigerians?”
“We therefore call on the
Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN),
Justice Walter Onnoghen to do
something on Abang to save the
bench in the hand of judges like
him.

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