Friday, 25 January 2019

CJN ONNOGHEN THE PUNISHMENT FOR YESTERDAY'S ERROR

[1/19, 4:19 AM] ‪+234 803 716 5047‬: Nigerians, know it today that these names are the SANs who went to represent  a self confessed corrupt CJN
The most annoying aspect of it all is the fact that these parents who went out to dance shamefully in the name of supporting their own own confessed law breaker are parents who want their Children to thrive and blossom in a in another saner society where such can never happen yet they wants to destroy the nation we only have to ourselves.
My prayer henceforth is to wish them all what they wished Nigeria which by his grace will never come to be.
See them....

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CHIEF WOLE OLANIPEKUN SAN
2 CHIEF ADEGBOYEGA AWOMOLO SAN
3 KANU AGABI SAN
4 YUSUF ALI SAN
5 CHIEF BAYO OJO SAN
6 DR. ALEX IZIYON SAN
7 CHIEF CHRIS UCHE SAN
8 LUCIUS O. NWOSU SAN
9 CHIEF ASSAM ASSAM SAN
10 ADEBAYO ADELODUN
11 PAUL EROKORO SAN
12 S.I. AMEH SAN
13 R.A. LAWAL-RABANA SAN
14 CHARLES AJUYAH SAN
15 CHIEF SEBASTINE HON SAN
16 NELLA ANDEM-RABANA SAN
17 CHIEF CHUKWUMA EKOMARU SAN
18 OKON EFUT SAN
19 J.U.K. IGWE SAN
20 J.S. OKUTEPA SAN
21 ROTIMI OGUNESO SAN
22 MOGAJI A. MAHMOUD SAN
23 OGWU JAMES ONOJA SAN
24 AKINLOLU KEHINDE SAN
25 JOE ABRAHAM SAN
26 CHUKWUMA MACHUKWU H SAN
27 CHIEF MRS. VICTORIA AWOMOLO SAN
28 TAWO E. TAWO SAN
29 SILVA OGWEMOH SAN
30 ADEDEJI ADERIBIGBE SAN
31 GORDY UHCE SAN
32 CHIEF EDWARD KUNAV ASHIEKAA SAN
33 P.O. OKOLO SAN
34 MUYIWA AKINBORO SAN
35 DR. VALERIE AZINGE SAN
36 OLA OLANIPEKUN SAN
37 WILCOX ABERETON SAN
38 ABDUL IBRAHIM SAN
39 DR. J.Y. MUSA SAN
40 KEHINDE OGUNWUMIJU SAN
41 OBA MADUABUCHI SAN
42 OLUBOWALE TAIWO SAN
43 STEPHEN ADEHI SAN
44 DR. GARBA YEYENKI SAN
45 CHIEF SOLO AKUMA SAN
46 BERY IGWILLO SAN
47 CHIEF OFFIONG OFFIONG SAN

Source - Premiumtimes
[1/19, 4:19 AM] ‪+234 803 716 5047‬: Copied from a friend on Facebook @Dare Taiwo.
THE SANs v. THE JUDGES

What are the allegations against CJ Onnoghen?
Many don't know.

Our judiciary is corrupt. The judges pervert justice. There are many judges that are on the payrolls of the known SANs. The senior lawyers have the retired judges on retainership as consultants.

Before 2016, cash and cheque exchange were done like a normal transactions.

But since the DSS search of the houses of some senior judges in 2016, the parties have learnt to move under the radar.
Exchange is now done offshore.
The allegations against the CJ showed that before the raid on some Justices, Justice Onnoghen did not declare his assets.

NOTE: It was after the raid that the fear of DSS made him to declare 2011 and 2015 Assets in 2016 and on the same day. Can you imagine that?

When you see a thousand SANs in Court, they are not just there for the CJN, many of them are there to protect themselves too. Transaction trail will lead to many of them if the government decides to trace the sources of funds.

While we know of Jerry Rawlings exploits of executing all living  Ghanaian ex- leaders  in 1981, what history often omit is that he executed some corrupt judges too.

Two or three years ago, Anas, a journalist, carried out sting operations on the Ghanaian judiciary. When Anas was done, there were videos of many judges collecting bribes in Dollars to pervert the cause of justice.

Anas helped to sanitise Ghanaian judiciary.

Many of our judges are available to the highest bidders. The SANs are the lords and masters in the Temple of Justice.
They earn millions for court appearances while the judges earn mere thousands as monthly salaries.

The judges and the senior lawyers are the reasons corruption war will never be won:

1. The politicians and civil servants steal money in hundreds of million and they set aside some of their booties to hire the best criminal lawyers, who often times, have senior judges at their beck and call to help them keep their cases in court for decades.

2. Corrupt judiciary are the reasons politicians will brazenly rig elections and unabashedly tell their opponents to go to court if they feel dissatisfied. They know that it will be more difficult for their opponents to get justice than for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle.

3. Corrupt judiciary is the reason foreign investors will think twice before investing in Nigeria or partnering with Nigerian businesses. They know they will never get justice if the relationship goes south.

It is either Nigerians kill corruption or corruption will keep destroying Nigeria.

At the end of the day, Nigerians themselves - those same defenders of corruption, are the victims of the desecration of the Temple of Justice.

The sad thing is that Stockholm Syndrome cannot be cured by medicine. It is mental.
[1/19, 4:19 AM] ‪+234 803 716 5047‬: This is about the best piece I have read since the tongue wagging began about the alleged crimes of a 'roguish' CJN. Well done Prof Dejo Olowu.

Prof Dejo Olowu wrote:

ONNOGHEN: THE CACOPHONY OF JUSTICE AND THE FATE OF NIGERIA

My little contribution is to assist the non-lawyers and independent watchers of current proceedings to distill the issues beyond the muddy waters being thrown up and about to achieve political ends.

By virtue of Nigeria's colonial legal heritage, judicial precedents (decisions of the higher courts made on earlier cases) take a prime position in the determination of new cases on similar or related facts. The courts therefore rely heavily on the settled principles of the law in arriving at their decisions in subsequent cases.

There has been so much hullabaloo about and around the indictment of the eminent occupant of the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), in person of Mr Justice Walter Onnoghen. Understandably, the indictment occurring at a politically volatile period (less than 40 days to a vital presidential election) in Nigeria was bound to generate rowdy and opportunistic responses from legal minds and non-legal minds alike.

However, to help our objective understanding and analysis of the state of the law in Nigeria, recourse must be made to the causa celebre, that epic piece of judicial precedent from which all subsequent extrapolations should be made on the present scenario. That point of reference is NGANJIWA v. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA (2017) LPELR 43391 (Court of Appeal).

The Honourable Justice A.O. Obaseki-Adejumo, Justice of the Court of Appeal (JCA) formulated the following principle in the Ngangiwa Case:
"It must be expressly stated that if a judicial officer commits theft, fraud, murder or manslaughter, arson and the likes,...WHICH ARE CRIMES COMMITTED OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS OFFICIAL FUNCTIONS [emphasis mine], he may be arrested, interrogated and prosecuted accordingly by the State DIRECTLY without recourse to the NJC (National Judicial Commission).
.. These classes of criminal acts are not envisaged and captured by the provisions of PARAGRAPH 21, PART 1 OF THE THIRD SCHEDULE (to the Constitution).
On the other hand, if any Judicial Officer COMMITS A PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT WITHIN THE SCOPE OF HIS DUTY and is investigated, arrested and.......subsequently prosecuted by security agents without a formal complaint/report to the NJC, it will be a usurpation of the latter's constitutionally guaranteed powers under Section 158 and Paragraph 21 Part 1 of the Third Schedule, thereby inhibiting, and interfering with and...... obstructing the NJC from carrying out its disciplinary control over erring judicial officers as clearly provided by the Constitution.''

The simple question that all honest people of clean conscience must ask the coterie of Onnoghen's Amen corner is: what is the category of Onnoghen's wrongdoing?

Failure to declare his personal fiscal assets  as statutorily required is a wrongful act OUTSIDE the performance of his duties as a judicial officer. His wrongful act was and remains a criminal offence for which the apparatus of State must act. The NJC has no role in dealing with that.

However, as I already mentioned, these are highly volatile and flammable times. Every action or omission of the Federal Government of Nigeria headed by Mohammadu Buhari will be turned into a weapon of mudslinging against Buhari’s electoral chances. That is the reason for all the pandemonium that has been unleashed on Nigerians these past few days.

Of course, the high volume of count-me-in SANs supporting the CJN will most likely sway the minds of innocent watchers into believing that there is indeed a vendetta against the CJN. There is none and there can be none.

The same Buhari confirmed Onnoghen as CJN despite all the opposing forces that felt he lacked the moral uprightness and integrity required for that office.

But we cannot be shocked or surprised by the outrage and outbursts of those opposed to the trial of a roguish CJN for his roguish act(s): they need him and his roguish system to perpetuate the distribution of judicial largesse and crooked elevations to the Bench and Bar in Nigeria. That is the way the Nigerian judicial and legal architecture now works in the larger part. Corruption oils the system...for those who run by it!

What more? The same judicial system created and nurtured by Onnoghen is the very one that will handle his indictment. Throw up a knife a thousand times and it will come down resting on its flat side. Why so much chaos when Onnoghen will carry the day in his own judicial system? What will however not go away is the moral albatross that will hang on his neck for the rest of his natural life. He'll remain a tainted CJN regardless of how he ends his career.
[1/19, 4:19 AM] ‪+234 803 716 5047‬: 1994 or so Justice Kayode Eso recommended some judges for dismissal or compulsory retirement. The names of those judges were sent to NJC which approved the recommendations of the Eso panel and sent the names of the judges to General Abacha for action. General Abacha died without taking action. General Abdusalami became head of  state and set up another panel to review the matter. Most of the judges were absolved because due process was not followed. And what was that due process? The NJC before sending the names of the judges to General Abacha was supposed to have first sent the recommendations of the Eso's panel to the affected judges for their comments. That was not done and on that basis judges who were described as "corruptible" and had appeared before the Eso's  panel escaped. Some of those judges were then High Court judges and somehow they rose to the supreme court. If you lay your hands on one of the News Magazine of 2000 it carried the headline, "105 corrupt judges in Nigeria" or something to that effect. None of the affected judges sued the magazine for libel. One of those judges is the present CJN. This is the price we pay for due process.

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