- A lawyer and senior advocate of Nigeria Mike Ozekhome has berated the federal government over harassment on a judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja
- Ozekhome called on the federal government to tender an apology to Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the late night raid in his house
- Ozekhome's statement came after a Federal High Court discharged and acquitted Justice Ademola of all charges against him by DSS
- He also urged the Lagos state government to do same and recall Ademola's wife as the the head of service in the state
A lawyer and senior advocate of Nigeria Mike Ozekhome has berated the federal government over harassment on a judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Ozekhome called on the federal government to tender an apology to Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the late night raid in his house.
In a statement released by the senior lawyer, the Department of State Service were accused of imposing false corruption charges on the judge.
Ozekhome's statement came after a Federal High Court discharged and acquitted Justice Ademola of all charges against him by DSS.
The senior lawyer also called on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to recall Justice Ademola so that he can commence sitting on the Bench.
He also urged the Lagos state government to do same and recall Ademola's wife as the the head of service in the state.
‘The discharge of Justice Niyi Ademola, Wife and Joe Agi, SAN; Matters Arising’, said the discharge of the defendants based on their no-case-submission, was “an obviously laughable and anti-climax after all the “gra gra”, grand standing,posturing, rabble rousing and wanton degradation of the judiciary by their transducers”.
Ozekhome said: “This discharge, after the horrific humiliation of Justice Ademola, whose home was savagely invaded by rampaging, masked and hooded DSS operatives, between the ungodly and unholy hours of 12 mid night to 5am!
NAIJ.com gathered that the senior lawyer said: "Windows and doors were bestially broken down and the Judge whisked off like a common criminal inside a pick up van.
“We were told to shut up, not to complain, because the government was fighting the monster called corruption. Never mind that the inner corridors and dark recesses of the same government reek and stink of putrid and horrendous corruption, with the very government rising up on each occasion to defend its corrupt officials.
“A case of wanting to sweep your neighbour’s house clean when your own house is dirty and stinking. A clear case of attempting to remove the mole from your neighbour’s eye when a log is embedded in yours.
Justice Ademola was forced to abdicate his judicial functions.
It was argued by the anti- corruption revisionists and tyrannical dictators led by the never accountable Presidential Anti-Corruption Advisory Committee (that has since usurped the powers of the Attorney General of the Federation under section 174 of the 1999 Constitution and who are using the anti corruption mantra to settle scores and overwhelm and suffocate opposition, dissenting voices and critical segments of the society, that the DSS could never err.
“They stood logic on its head, bastardized the Constitution and our corpus juris. They even extended DSS’s internal security functions to include fighting corruption, if need be, in our matrimonial bedrooms and breaking down houses of suspects who did not even resist arrest.
“Justice Ademola ‘s wife was promptly sacked as Head of Service of Lagos state government.
They were convicted and punished them unheard. Even God Himself,being ever so omniscient and omnipotent, did not do that to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, notwithstanding that He had already seen them committing the offence of eating of the forbidden fruit.
“When the real trial commences, their legal hollowness and emptiness stare them in their opaque and vindictive faces.
“Ademola’s discharge without even being called upon to defend himself, is a great and bitter lesson to this government that is fast descending into the abyss of fascism, dictatorship, tyranny and absolutism, through the cheap, self-serving, low quality advice of its minders; that the fundamental rights of Nigerians remain inalienable and inviolable; that the judiciary and rule of law remain necessary indispensable concomitants and corollary adjuncts of constitutional democracy which we operate.
He said tit is sad that the rule of law was abused in democratic country like Nigeria.
“That rule of Law, rather than rule of the thumb and brute force, is what determines the success or otherwise of democracy.
“To remove the odious and negative tar of shame, odium and obloquy on these respected members of the society, the EFCC and federal government must make restitution by tendering a public apology immediately to Justice Ademola, his wife and Mr Joe Agi," Ozekhome said.
“The NJC should immediately recall justice Ademola to commence sitting on the Bench. The Lagos state government should immediately recall Ademola’s wife to her post. “We must be careful not to derail this hard won democracy, which some of us used the best part of our youth fighting for and are still fighting for.
“Those currently running and ruining the country were nowhere to be found then. They comfortably hid behind their wives’ backs. Like Roman’s Emperor Nero, they enjoyed and pursued triffles while their country’s edifice burnt," he said.
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