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A Lagos-based lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa,
says given the position of the National Judicial
Council on the arrest of seven judges last
weekend, all judges, lawyers and court workers
in the country ought to immediately boycott the
courtrooms.
He said the explanation by the NJC had made it
obvious that the President Muhammadu
Buhari’s government does not need the courts.
Adegboruwa said he recalled that Buhari had
once said the judiciary was his headache, while
the acting Chairman of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu,
had also taken the same position.
Adegboruwa said this in a statement on Friday,
that with the Department of State Services’ raid
on judges, the executive had now cowed the
judiciary and Nigerians should forget about
getting fair hearing in court.
According to him, the outcome of the Edo State
Election Petition Tribunal was already
predetermined as no judge would ever rule
against the ruling All Progressive Congress for
fear of clampdown.
In the light of this, Adegboruwa called on the
Nigerian Bar Association, judges and court
workers to boycott the courtrooms.
He said, “Given the revelations that have
emerged from the NJC, my humble cry is to the
Nigerian Bar Association, the Judiciary Staff
Union of Nigeria and indeed all judicial officers
across Nigeria, to close down the courts.
“In the light of the emerging facts, this regime
does not need the courts at all. What it desires
is a situation whereby suspects are sent to jail
without trial and once government has raised
any allegation, regardless of the actual and true
facts, the victim stands condemned.
“So, judges and courts are not needed at all.
The President said so. The EFCC chairman said
so, that the judiciary has been a headache.
“What the sting operation sought to and has
indeed achieved is to place judicial officers
under some terror, harassment, fear and indeed
intimidation. Citizens will not be entitled to fair
trial any longer and truly innocent people will
now be sent to jail, since that is the preference
of the government, that will be the only way
judges can be free from harassment.
“And we should be able to predict the outcome
of the Edo State Election Petitions Tribunal
already.”
He said it was only God that could help Nigeria
as the government had no concrete plan to take
the country out of recession and address the
suffering and poverty that Nigerians were going
through.

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