Supreme court judges in Nigeria especially the seven who sat for the judgement of the Imo State governorship appeal that removed Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as governor of the state to face sanctions.
The National Press Club which is the world’s largest professional organisation for journalists, berated the Supreme court for delivering what they described as a flagrant fraudulent judgment on the Imo state governorship appeal.
It has warned that the judgment if not reversed could lead to more sanction against the judiciary, which is supposed to be the last hope of Nigerians.
The members of the club, who spoke at a recent roundtable, warned that there would be, “repercussions for the justices of Nigeria if the decision of January 14 which is flagrantly fraudulent and issued in bad faith is not reversed”.
According to one of the speakers, the United States recently passed a law, which empowers the president at the request of the Secretary of State and various committees’ chairmen in Congress to list persons abroad that would be denied visa, have their assets frozen and be excluded from the commerce of the United States, “if they are complicit in recognised internationally rights violations”.
Another speaker said,
“in my view I think the Supreme Court justices would be at risk if this decision flagrantly tainted is not reversed and it could impact not only the seven Justices who sat in that particular case but the entire bench of the Supreme Court.
“The whole institution has shown that it is corrupted and compromised and we encourage others to remind them that others could be impacted if they stood on their earlier fraudulent decision”.
Accusing fingers were pointed at the leadership of the ruling party, the APC, the panelists noted that the Justices could not have done such a thing on their own without being pressurised from outside, stressing that, “no judges would want to expose themselves to such ridicle unless there were some other forces that were compromising their Independence”.
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