Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose has called for the outright sack of controversial judge, Justice Okon Abang.
Fayose said Mr Abang is nothing but a cancer that is capable of destroying the judiciary and by extension the entire country.
Recall that Justice Abang was among the 11 judges recently redployed by the Fedral High Court Leadership.
“For a judge like Okon Abang, whose judgements were described as fraudulent on democracy by Justices of the Appeal Court, what he deserved is outright sack, not transfer.
“If the appellate court could go to the extent of saying that he (Abang) embarked on a wild goose chase, spoke from both sides of his mouth and acted like Father Christmas, in saner climes, such a judge does not deserve a place in the judiciary.
“To us, Justice Abang is nothing but a cancer that is capable of destroying the judiciary and by extension the entire country if he is allowed to continue as a judge. He should be shown the exit door from the judiciary,’’ Fayose said.
Also commenting on the transfer of Mr Abang, some legal practitioners in Abuja commended the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, for re-deploying Justice Abang, who they termed “controversial.”
The legal practitioners, including Senior Advocates of Nigeria, who pleaded anonymity, said the judge ought to have been re-deployed before now.
“I can tell you that almost everyone is pleased with this development. Though Justice Abang is a fine gentleman, he has, however, turned very controversial since he was transferred from Lagos to Abuja.
“Aside several petitions that had been lodged against him before the National Judicial Council, NJC, since he came to Abuja, his various controversial judgements, especially on sensitive political matters, did not help matters,” a SAN who has a case pending before the judge said.
Another lawyer, who simply gave his name as Mr Lawrence A said: “Redeployment of Justice Abang is a welcome development. The judiciary, as you know is very conservative. Since the learned judge came to the Abuja division, it has been one controversy or the other.
“Most times when I hear of any controversial ruling coming from the Abuja division of the court, even without reading the story, I will just guess that it was delivered by Abang and most of the time my guess turned out to be right.”