As protesters call for his reinstatement

BY BATHOLOMEW MADUEKE

ABUJA – Protesters, under the aegis of National Frontiers, who attempted to stage a protest against the suspension of President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, at the National Assembly complex, Abuja, were yesterday stopped by security men from doing so.

They also called on President Goodluck Jonathan to reinstate Justice Salami in order to avoid the Libyan predicament in the nation.

Mobile policemen attached to the National Assembly complex did not only refuse the protesters entry but also prevented them from protesting in front of the complex.

Leader of the protesters and former president of the National Association of Nigeria Students, NANS, Mr. Wole Badmus, said “Justice Salami should be reinstated; unless that is done, what happened in Libya will repeat itself in Nigeria .This is injustice and injustice to one is injustice to all.”

According to him, a protest letter would be handed over to the Senate in request of President Goodluck Jonathan to reverse the removal of Justice Ayo Salami who was asked to vacate his office as President of Court of Appeal, following recommendations by National Judicial Council, NJC.

Although the protest was crippled by the presence of stern looking mobile policemen, the protesters flaunted their placards without reservation.

Inscriptions on some of the placards read: “Say no to Banana Republic; say no to indiscriminate suspension!” “Jonathan + NJC” “Judiciary on trial-Democracy on trial!” “Salami, victim of conscience-reinstate him now!” “Justice Salami, NJC suspends-Jonathan endorsed!” and “An injustice to one is an injustice to all, re-instate Justice Salami now”.

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