Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described the
controversial Federal High Court Abuja judge, Justice Okon Abang as a
cancer that is capable of destroying the entire judiciary in Nigeria
if nothing is done to curb his excesses.
The governor, who said Justice Abang was now seeing his position as a
judge as a means of getting at anyone that is opposed to him,
disclosed that; “Just because I criticised him and called for his sack
based on his fraudulent practices as established by the Court of
Appeal in its judgment on August 18, 2016 and November 24, 2016, he
hurriedly granted an interlocutory order against me on a matter
pending before another judge.”
Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and
New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose reiterated his call to the
National Judicial Council (NJC) to save the judiciary from Abang’s
embarrassment by sending him out of the bench.
“I am however not surprised that Justice Abang, whom I have publicly
said should be sacked by the NJC because of his unprofessional
practices as established by the Court of Appeal in its judgment on
August 18, 2016 and November 24, 2016, opted to get at me through
strange and obnoxious proceedings,” the governor said.
He said; “If Justice Abang is an honourable person, he would have
declined to handle the matter, let alone granting an indefinite order
less than 48 hours that I called for his sack.
“However, because Justice Abang is not honourable, those desperately
looking for means to get at me and are ready to enlist the support of
anyone that is amenable, including the Satan, rushed to him last
Friday and secured an exparte order with interlocutory nature the same
day the application was filed.
“How could a judge have granted order on matter that is before another
court of coordinate jurisdiction and such an order will be granted the
The governor maintained that Justice Abang was nothing but a cancer
that is eating deep into the judiciary and by extension the entire
country if he is allowed to continue as a judge.
“It is on record that justices of the Appeal Court described Justice
Abang judgments as fraudulent and that he raped democracy. They went
further to say that he (Abang) embarked on a wild goose chase; spoke
from both sides of his mouth and acted like Father Christmas. In saner
climes, he should do is to resign because that is a clear indictment
on his personality and character.
“Therefore, I insist that the NJC should wade into Justice Abang’s
fraudulent judgments with a view to showing him the way out of the
bench so that our judiciary can redeem its image,” Governor Fayose