By Dapo Akinrefon
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has accused Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court, Abuja of acting more like a persecutor in the case of former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, saying that he has ridiculed Nigeria by causing an accused to be brought to court on a stretcher.
He also called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chairman of National Judicial Council, NJC, to look into the allegations levelled against Abang.
The governor, who said it was clear that Justice Abang was out to satisfy the sinister aim of Metuh’s persecutors, said: “In saner climes, all that is needed as proof of inability to stand trial due to ill health is a doctor’s report from duly recognised health institution and one wonders whether medical report from federal owned Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State should not have been enough to convince Justice Abang that Metuh was indeed sick.”
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere OIayinka, Governor Fayose said: “Shame on Abang. Why didn’t he (Abang) dock Metuh with the stretcher on which he was brought to court on Monday, despite all his initial bragging?
“The judge’s utterances during last month’s court appearance when he was told that Metuh was on admission and could not appear in court was a clear demonstration of malice and desperation to convict an accused person at all cost.”
The governor chided the judge, saying it was obvious that Justice Abang’s only aim was to satisfy the interest of those with evidence of his corrupt practices.
He said: “When they needed the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Chairman, Danladi Umar to help them convict Senate President Bukola Saraki, they made the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to clear him of culpability in the N10 million bribery allegations levelled against him.
“In April 2016, the EFCC said via a letter by the Secretary of the Commission, Emmanuel Aremo that ‘after investigating the case for some time, it became clear that the whole allegation bordered in the realm of mere suspicion and would be difficult to charge the CCT judge to court based on the allegation.’ Today, the same Umar that they cleared has been charged to court by the EFCC on the same allegation.
“Obviously, they intend to use the criminal charges against the CCT chairman to blackmail him into doing their sinister bidding of convicting Senator Saraki at all cost just as they are doing in the case of Metuh.
“On August 18, 2016, five Appeal Court justices in their judgment in the case of Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu Vs Samson Ogah, said Justice Abang committed a rape on democracy.
“If not because of his ability to do hatchet jobs for those presently holding Nigeria at the jugular, how can a judge like Abang that has been adjudged severally as giving fraudulent judgments and acting like Father Christmas still sit in judgment over cases involving Nigerians?
“We, therefore, call on the CJN, Justice Onnoghen to do something about Abang to save the bench in the hand of judges like him.”