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Afenifere tells Amaechi and Onu to step-aside

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The Yoruba Socio-Political Group, Afenifere has called on Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transport and Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science to step aside immediately because of allegations against them that they attempted to pervert the course of justice.

The Group also urged the National Judicial commission (NJC)” to ensure that all allegations against judges are thoroughly investigated and those who are found guilty should be dealt with accordingly.


It would be recalled that the Ministers were separate accused by two Justices of the Supreme Court of trying to influence judgements by the Court.


According to Afenifere, “So we cannot be saying only judges that have been accused should be investigated. Ministers too, who have been accused should step aside and face prosecution.


The Group in a communique signed its spokesman, Yinka Odumakin also expressed worries over the modus operandi of the actions against the judges.


‎” We believe that is not the duty of DSS to investigate corruption.

Rotimi Amaechi
Rotimi Amaechi


“Investigating corruption is within the purview of the EFCC, ICPC and the Police and if the DSS come across any crime that borders on corruption, it is to gathered their evidences and handover to those agencies of government to ensure that they investigate and prosecute those who are involved in the offence.


“So, we frown at raiding the home of judges, braking down doors at ungodly hours of the night reserve for armed robbers in the name of fighting corruption.


“For anybody to go to anybody’s home around 1:AM, and say am DSS in a country where the wife of CBN governor was kidnapped by soldiers, is beyond it.


“Therefore, we frown at going to their homes at night and to pull a wool over the eyes of Nigerians, the DSS said, it was involved in a sting operations. “They are teaching us new words in English. A stings operation is that somebody is in the act of committing a crime, the state security organised to ensure that the person is caught in the act perhaps with those evidences planted.


“But to say that somebody collected bribe in Ghana months ago and you are now breaking the doors of his house months after in Abuja and said that is a stings operation, they should not teach our children bad words.


“That is not a sting operation. That is an attempt to cover-up the mistake they made in the unfortunate raids of the judges’ homes.

The group said that “We also believed as Afenifere, that the judges are not above the laws of the land just because they are judges.

“If a judge is going to airport and put cocaine in his bag, if he is arrested by the NDLEA, he goes in for trial. If a judge import contraband into the country and custom arrest him, is not a judge, is a citizen.


 “But for offences committed by judges in course of their duty, is the NJC that law said it should deal with them and not DSS or any other agencies.


The group commended the Chief Judge of Nigeria CJN for boldly rising in the defence of separation of powers.


“For the ministers who have been mentioned for attempting to pervert the course of justice, we are asking that such minister should step aside immediately as minister of Federal Republic of Nigeria.


“After that, they should go through due process of the law to either ascertain their innocence or if their guilty established, they should be punished according to the laws of the land.




About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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