By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA- Scores of protesters, on Monday, stormed the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court over the judgment that ordered the unconditional release of detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, otherwise known as the Shiite sect, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
Brandishing various placards and banners, the protesters who were under the aegis of The Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative, CGGCI, urged the National Judicial Council, NJC, to immediately probe Justice Gabriel Kolawole who gave the judgement.
In a letter they forwarded to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, the group, insisted that the verdict which was delivered last week Friday, was a “dangerous Precedence”.
They contended that the ruling, “has dangerous implication for IPOB/MASSOB separatists, militants and even killer herdsmen (when eventually apprehended) will try to use the judiciary in the future to stand logic on its head”.
According to them, Justice Kolawole ordered FG to within 45 days, release both El-Zakzaky and his wife, without recourse to the consequences it would have on law enforcement, security, anti-terror fight, terrorism, extremism and secessionist movements in Nigeria.
“Viewed against the background of the recent clamp down on corruption in the Judiciary, it is therefore now glaringly clear that the third arm of government has been compromised and is apparently part of the terror infrastructure.
“We had in the past blamed security and law enforcement agencies for not being able to secure enough convictions of terror suspect because of non-diligent prosecution, but we now know better that it is money judgment that has allowed terrorism the space to thrive.
“In the space of on week, the judiciary has ordered dangerous fanatics and demagogues to be returned to the streets to resume brainwashing, radicalizing and militarizing vulnerable youths in the population.
“This could have only been in keeping with fulfilling obligations entered into for less than honourable considerations even as we cannot rule out a judiciary that is taking its pound of flesh from an executive arm that has exposed the sleaze on its soiled bench.
“If the entire judiciary has activated its vendetta against the security agencies that they see as the executive arm, the precedence set by Justice Gabriel Kolawole took things to the ridiculous by awarding N50million of tax payers’ money to finance IMN’s radicalisation programme while also asking that the police further deploy its personnel to protect a man whose sect members would invariably kill like they had killed soldiers and policemen in recent past.
“This judge also failed to realise the weight of his utterance that has basically ordered the government to build a new headquarters for a proscribed group- we do hope he will keep himself on the bench for when other terror groups approach to demand for the government to build them headquarters.
“The house demolished in Gyellesu, on which the directive to build a new one for this demagogue, originally belonged to Alhaji Ismail Gwarzo the DG NSO under late General Sani Abacha.
“El-Zakzaky was given the seized house by Gen Abduksalam because people of Babban Dodo had at time also rebelled against IMN occupation which made them to burn his initial hub after he was released from another arrest for insurrection.
“The bottom line is that we are in trouble as a nation with someone like Justice and his like who still stink and believe that Justice should be for the highest bidder.
“We find it most ridiculous that the honourable judge explained his confounding ruling to release someone this dangerous as a product of his fear. He rightly said he feared for what could happen if El-Zakzaky dies in protective custody as this would lead to the loss of many lives.
“This in itself is an admission that the IMN, which El-Zakzaky leads, is a virulent and feral that has repeatedly stated its hatred and rejection of the Nigerian state, which pays Justice Kolawole’s salary”, read the statement which was signed by National Coordinator of the group, Mr. Okpokwu Ogenyi.