APGA lauds CJN over intervention in criminal summons against Soludo


The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has applauded the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed for aptly conserving Nigerian constitution and the judiciary which was allegedly at the verge of collapse due to the ”indiscriminate and frivolous litigations” initiated by unscrupulous politicians.

A statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Barrister Tex Okechukwu on behalf of Ozonkpu Oye on Monday, commended the Chief Justice for his prompt intervention and restriction of such professional aberrations, disdain and impunity.

According to the party leadership, absolute disregard and abuse of court processes and the rule of law became the order of the day and further lauded the CJN’s timely intervention.

APGA pleaded that this be extended or replicated in all judicial institutions in the country irrespective of parties’ position or affiliations, for justice, equity and fairness to prevail.

It further expressed implicit confidence in the judiciary and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, charging them to strictly toe the path of natural justice in the resolution of the conflicting orders being issued by the summoned judge.

APGA also expressed with great joy and resounding confidence in the intrepid and courage of the Chief Justice of Nigeria by taking the bull by the horns in wading into the indiscriminate and unguarded conflicting judicial orders and judgements rolled out by various courts of 6 states in the federation.

The statement partly reads, “The egregious legal practitioners were not left out, as they are expected to sincerely uphold and apply the provisions of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria and equally observe the rule of law without blemishes.

“More also they are officers in temple of justice, therefore, are expected to practice their profession as people who have knowledge of the rule of law, professional conducts and practice procedures and should discharge their duties with absolute decorum and unfettered integrity as learned gentlemen.

“Unfortunately, some mischievous politicians lured some lawyers with lofty promises or financial aggrandisement that compelled them to disregard their oath of office and gambled with the judicial processes and the lives and destinies of Nigerians who run to them for professional assistance. These discrepancies by these judicial officers of course were meted with retribution and disciplinary action as deterrence.

“As officers in the temple of justice who took oath to keep and uphold the
tenets of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria and to observe and abide by the rule of law, it is an aberration and flagrant abuse of professional conduct to shop for judgements indiscriminately and instituting actions recklessly in courts even without territorial or substantive jurisdictions and also appealing against orders or judgements of courts in another court of coordinate jurisdiction. These unprecedented actions by the judiciary left the whole country, particularly the common man despairing, helpless and befuddled”.

Saga Gist recalls that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, had ordered the Judicial Service Committee (JSC) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to immediately initiate disciplinary action against the Upper Area Court Judge who issued direct criminal summons against a former governor of the Central Governor of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo.

The judge, whose name is being withheld, issued the criminal charges against the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State over alleged serial abuse of office and breach of Code of Conduct for public officers when he was the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria between 29 May, 2004 – 29 May, 2009.

The Upper Area Court had on 23 August, 2021 issued a direct criminal summons against Soludo over perjury, corruption and false assets declaration which is completely outside the jurisdiction of the Upper Area Court.

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