By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIâ€”CHIEF Justice of the Federation,Â Justice Idris Kutigi has directed the Chief Judge of Ebonyi state, Justice Alloy Nwankwo, to respond to a petition against him, which accused him of attempting to truncate justice in a case involving his brother in-law.
In his letter to the Ebonyi Chief Judge dated June 10, 2009 with reference number CJN/MAN/B9/S.I/IV/959,Â Justice Kutigi, through Mrs. A.L Elebute directed Justice Nwankwo to treat with immediate effect,Â the case of alleged miscarriage of Justice againstÂ his (Nwankwo) office in Abakaliki.
Titled â€˜Re: Illegal withdrawal of rape/threat to life charges against Chijioke Simon Igwe of Ebonyi state Judiciary,â€™ Mrs. Elebuteuia, said â€œI have been directed by theÂ Chief Justice of Nigeria to forward the attached petition dated May 22, 2009 from Stephen Alefia of No. 9 Nnorom Streetm Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, to you for necessary action, please.â€
The petitioner, Alefia who is journalist in Abakaliki had petitioned CJN, alleging that the Ebonyi Chief Judge had murdered Justice in Abakaliki by giving order through his subordinates to withdraw a rape charge against one Chijioke Igwe said to be a brother to the wife of the Ebonyi Chief Judge and allowed the suspected rapist loose in a case that his (Alefia) daughter was involved.
Though the fleeing suspected rapist, Igwe had since been rearrested by the police, re-arraigned and detained in Abakaliki prison, Alefia attached a self-indicating testimony of a court registrar, Mrs. Otuu Helen, who in her reply query, confessed that one of the staff of the Judiciary, Mrs. Eucheria Oyim told her that the Chief Registrar wanted Igweâ€™s case file back because the accused person was Chief Judgeâ€™s relation.