NBA tackles Buhari, accuses President of plot to intimidate judiciary

Buhari in France

The Nigerian Bar Association has condemned in strong terms the recent criticism of the judiciary in the fight against corruption.

Speaking at the valedictory session organised in honour of a retiring Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Mohammed Muntaka-Coomassie, NBA President, Augustine Alegeh, said the recent attack directed at the judiciary over the ongoing anti-corruption war was unacceptable.

“The NBA condemns in its entirety the generalisation and/or categorisation of the Judiciary as being corrupt and an impediment to the zero corruption policy of the present administration,” Mr. Alegeh said.

Mr. Alegeh noted that although there were bad eggs in the system, the categorisation of the entire judiciary as corrupt was a strong misconception, and an attempt to intimidate the judiciary, which he said would not be tolerated.

Although the NBA chief did not mention President Muhammadu Buhari in his speech, it was clear the President was one of those to which the comment was directed.

Mr. Buhari is the most prominent Nigerian official to criticise the judiciary in recent times.

The President had while speaking in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on January 31, said his biggest headache in the ongoing fight against corruption in Nigeria remained the actions and inactions of the judiciary.

“On the fight against corruption vis-à-vis the judiciary, Nigerians will be right to say that is my main headache for now,” Mr. Buhari said.

He further explained that he could more effectively tackle the corruption problem in the country with the strong support of the judiciary.
The president then said far-reaching reforms of the judiciary remained a key priority of his administration.

But at the event in Abuja Wednesday, the NBA President, Mr. Alegeh, said such generations and categorisations of the judiciary as being an obstacle to the anti-corruption crusade was aimed at intimidating the judiciary.

He also described such a comment as one aimed at intimidating the judiciary.

Such an intimidation ploy, he said, would be resisted.

Also speaking at the event, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohamed, said the judiciary was duty bound to act in accordance with the dictates of the law, not that made by critics.

“The Nigerian Judiciary, though constantly striving to redress the wrongs and tilt the balance in favour of that which is right, has recently had to face the backlash of misguided opinions fashioned without due consideration of the law,” Mr. Mohammed said.

The celebrant, Mr. Muntaka-Kumassie called for the recognition of the chief justice as number four in the hierarchy of the nation’s leadership.

He spoke of the need for increase in the salaries of judges across the nation, while also urging the NBA to strengthen the relationship between members of the bar and the bench.

Speaking on behalf of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Abdullahi Ibrahim described Mr. Muntaka-Coomassie as a defender of human rights and a proponent of strict adherence to the rule of law.

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  • Gidi

    NBA no longer has credibility. I for one don’t take them seriously with the level of corruption among their members. What does NBA have to say about Ricky Tafa? or the Justice that recently got queried by NJC for corruption?

    If you take the poll of Nigeria institutions Judiciary will rank the least trustworthy.

    • True African

      Gidi, your likes will surely destroy this nation, I so much hate to read your comment. Well, I don`t blame you. We know you are being paid to do what ever you are doing here to defend the massive deception of present administration, but my dear, do such with caution and respect for the rule of law. Calamity will surely be fall any nation that does not apply the rule of law. Stop being so partisan. Nigeria has a law and it`s law most be obeyed weather you like it or not. Go and hug a transformer if you think that those presided over those cases did not do their job . You can teach them how to do it better. Shame on you.

      • Gidi

        So much for red herring…you set up a straw man and you’re beating it up. I never said rule of law must be disobeyed neither did i argued it should not be applied.

        Up till now we still don’t know the legal underpinning that guide Supreme Court decision on Abia, Rivers, and Akwa Ibom. Did they use stare decisis principle? We don’t know. Would their decision affect 2019 election litigation? Most likely, if you believe in legal principled of “Precedent”, especially if the facts today mirror what is to come in 2019 election litigation.

        For some of us that are concern about the madness that is happening in Judiciary, irrespective of political leanings, we know how one inadequate decision today will intentionally or inadvertently cause more headache in the future. So, before you start ranting, think.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    NBA needs to cleanse itself before criticizing anyone or group. Just as senile, illiterate certificate forger and perjurer MuhamMADu (alias Customs and Exercise, French Franc, Deutch Mark and President Michelle of Western Germany) Buhari should be grateful to the Judiciary for not disqualifying him last year. Buhari was not eligible to contest on account of not possessing the requisite qualification.

  • BobSolo

    NBA my ass.. the sons and bitches of jezebel that are making corruptions thrived in Nigeria…These bastards ..because the Mr. corrupt Rickey Tarfa is now exposed by EFCC they are all afraid because that is all what they all do..You cannot blackmail the President…yeye 419 SANs

  • 9JA IS DYING DEAD UNDER BUHARI

    Buhari who has no respect for the Rule of Law——as a born again democrat, is a disgrace to the ideals that the JUDICIARY stands for in our NASCENT Democracy——-Laws are made to be obeyed because we are no angels—————But Buhari seems to be unware that it was the same Judiciary that he often insults when abroad-that granted victory to Tinubu during his trial concerning his operation of 17 bank accounts abroad. For the Judiciary Buhari would never have been president-even with the efforts of the American CIA. Sadly for us, it was the same Judiciary that led the way to impose APC on the people of Osun state———-Buhari has never had any regard for ther law-that is why he refused to appear before the late Justice Oputa Panel-Similary, Buhari executed the alleged drug offenders while their case was being heard in the Court of Appeal—-And even went on to refuse to allow Late Pa Ajasin go home after the courts had freed him of all the charges Buhari manufactured against him. Buhari since he assumed the mantle of leadership over 8 months ago, have never obeyed any court order!——-His 17 century like dislike for the judiciary, can only be glimpsed from his failure to allow simple laws of the universe guide his acts in public life—As seen in his refusal to present his school cert to INEC–as demanded by law-and the Nigerian Defence Academy—where he was enlisted into the army with a promisory Note from his school principle as his school certificate—————-

    • Truthometer

      You are truly losing it. Stop skipping your medication, bro.

    • Buhari4Ever

      Deri Orbuka, there’s still no cure for your f**lishness?

    • Fadama

      Describe the comment above: BOLLOCKS!

  • The truth will set you free

    Although the NBA chief did not mention President Muhammadu Buhari in his speech, it was clear the President was one of those to which the comment was directed.
    so they didn’t mention him and PT make this the main title na wa o

  • ndababa

    pdp apologist are here again, at least given themselves temporary happiness/joy on NBA chairman’s defensive statement that holds no water in eyes of the generality of Nigerians. hope some of u will not die of Buhari’s hatred?

  • Comfortkay

    Our NBA and SANs and judiciary is a problem for Nigeria.l have seen how the judiciary and lawyers operates in other countries, but in Nigeria if you steal our SAN will tell the judge that you are just admire the money whereas in a place like Germany you cheat or steal money your lawyer will never be behind you. Operating a British style of judiciary in a country like Nigeria is a wrong choice.

  • Ebubedike

    At last! For long, I’ve been left wondering why usually courageous Nigerians have allowed this fraudster and certificate forger Bokohari, the hypocritical, and illiterate imbecile, to intimidate Nigerians first as a military and again since May 2015. Time to call Bokohari’s bluff once and for all.

    • clairvoyance

      Agama lizard u don reach here? All PDPigs planted judges and SAN’s would be flushed out of the system foe us to move forward.

    • Adeolu

      You are just a frustrated ethnic and religion bigot that could not recover from the shock suffered on the ejection of his tribalman from Aso Rock. Poor you.

    • Remi

      Are you out of stock? You better urgently re stock at yaba left,

  • clairvoyance

    Alegeh give us a simple answer, do you accept there is corruption in the judiciary? If yes save your explanations on who is bad and who’s not cos as far as sane Nigerians know the judiciary need a total overhaul reform if you like, those at the Supreme Court as we speak were PDPigs members planted by their cronies in government because they know one Oga on top. To get real justice delivered from our judiciary, justice must be delivered to those current corrupt judges by flushing them out.

    • joe

      Flush them into jail

  • Fadama

    Our judiciary is a laughing stock. Simple!

  • New Nigerian

    How many members of NBA shared in the loot from Jonathan through Dasuki and others? Perhaps we are witnessing the usual “song” before we here of NBA members being called by EFCC…we are watching!

  • SAM .A

    PMB is not intimidating any body , when your house is smelling so badly and polluting the whole community and you are helpless , you come out of same house with your gown and wig everyday and go to work , all you have been doing is moving round the rots in your house . Definitely somebody who has the authority has to clean it . U remember a retired judge trying to buy favor for his kins man , Now another lawyer is hobnobbing with a judge who is to judge his case before him . Time for we the people to take our brooms and sweep the rots in judiciary out before the stench suffocate all of us.
    May be the Ghanian journalist should come to our rescue

  • Isi Agwo

    Bokohari has no respect for the judiciary because he has fooled that arm of government with uncountable number of false affidavits to cover up his non-existent WASC. And he has never been prosecuted.

  • Dr Pat Mumuwole Awosan

    Only few days ago after engaging in some chimney-like activities, the ooni of Ife began to see Benin Kingdom as part of his territory and was bold enough to say so. On the contrary, he forgot to remember that the Emir is still sitting comfortably on Oba Afonja’s throne in Ilorin Kwara State (Yorubaland) and he also forgot to ask himself who owns Kwara. This is how much pervasive self deception and straying away from the truth has become in our Nigeria. When Fela was jailed for singing and placed in that trademark blackmaria en route to Kirikiri, Nigerians watched with horror but were restrained by the fear of bullets from the nuzzles of the rifles of red eyed soldiers that belonged to Buhari & Idiagbon…and Fela was released only after IBB sent Buhari to the cooler. 3 decades after, Buhari has learnt nothing. No one is surprised. The capacity is limited. U know what I mean. .and we must also not forget, that now that Dr Jonathan and his corrupt PDP party have doctored the budget, who should we now send to prison or have his/her hand handcuffed? …Fela was right, Animal Talk don start again

    • I Hate Sycophant Truly

      Thank God you ended well, that all the trash you spewed was “Animal Talk”.
      It would have been good to learn what history says about Ilorin city than selling lie to the people for the hate you have against Buhari, APC and Yoruba race. One thing is very sure, no one can distort history to suite his ego or emotion. The history made Ilorin to be having Emir as their headship. Yes, Yoruba owns Ilorin but the agreement Afonja erroneously entered with Alimi made the issue so complicated. I’ll not dwell much on this since you’ve sold your conscience to the devil for a morsel of bread.
      Again, Fela was jailed because at that time it was the military that was ruling and you cannot compare military rule all over the world with democratic rule because they rule with decree and not by constitution. In constitutional gov’t you cannot just muzzle a person and put him in jail except the court directed. Don’t tell me that happen in democratic dispensation. Interrogation of offenders at the office of security agencies is not a jail but party of their activities and they sought court order if you’re to stay more than a day with them, which is also subject to renewal as days past by.
      Mr. Man, no year past that fraud is not dictated in the budget, the only difference is that PDP cover up their inadequacies since they are the majority in each assembly since 1999. This was widen because they nearly have equal representation of member cum the change mantra at work. The permanent secretaries that prepared the budget for each ministries thought it was a normal way they’ve been doing it and it boomerang.
      So, never allow ache of the brain to affect you because you spew animal talk and not make a single sense. Sorry!

      • ed

        Both of you went to the same school.

  • Tafidan Dogon Daji

    I would rather ask to know who loves to see a hastic judiciary where suspects were convicted to various degrees of sentences because the executive had already secured similar convictions in the courts of public opinion?We no dey for that one!
    Cases must be thoroughly prosecuted and proved beyond all reasonable doubt no matter the allegations and those involved.Accusations on judges would not make a difference because the Dasukis are still innocent until the contrary is proved.

    • tundemash

      But you would rather see a judiciary that gives PERPETUAL INJUNCTION to a criminal from arrest?
      But you would rather see a judiciary that clear Ibori of 170 counts of corruption but same Ibori was convicted of just 5 counts in another climate?
      Nigerian judiciary is buy one get one free only the guilty feel intimidated by truth !

  • absam777

    This Alegeh man is a good for nothing NBA president. I am yet to know anything good he has done since he was dashed the presidency of NBA by the Otueko clown.

  • Cleartruth

    How can you say you are fighting corruption when you have thieves like amaechi and co as ministers. Nobody will take you seriously. Dictator Buhari must start the fight against corruption from his house.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    @ Impersonator[Dr Pat Mumuwole Awosan]: You are doom to unending ruin by impersonating me and destroying my name in your various posted comments for a while.May forces of heaven fire destroy you.Nincompoop!

  • Sparzo

    Are we talking about the same judiciary that failed three times to convict Ibori with the same evidence,
    the UK courts convicted him with?
    That the Nigerian Judiciary is a joke, with laughable standards is no secret in Nigeria or overseas.
    Lawyers get seriously richer with a compromised judiciary.
    I believe them jeunsoke lawyers at the NBA as much as I believe a used car dealer.

    • Du Covenant

      My broda, the President can never say or do anything right even though the whole world knows that the Nigerian judiciary is one of the worst in the whole world. Foreign nationals have been jailed in their countries for crimes that took place in Nigeria while their Nigerian partners walk free!, and our judiciary things its fine. How can we have a system where our jails are filled with petty thieves while the BIG ones go untouched?….

    • wazobia scatter!!!!!!

      gbam!!

      please,tell alegeh to do away ith the grandstanding ………………….

  • favourtalk

    They should first look inward and find solutions to the problem they created for years withing themselves first before laying any accusing fingers. They brought us down this memory lane, which has turned the judiciary against the people and no more true justice because the ones we have now have been bought by desperate politicians and PDP. Pmb is trying to help Nigerians to clean the mess in the system and the NBA should just keep mute and let the president do his job

  • ed

    Celebration of corruption.

    • IZON Redeemer

      Was it not the same Judiciary that freed Tinubu from his fraudulent acts—WHILE IN GOVERNANCE–A situation which led to his being caught operating over 17 bank accounts abroad? Buhari refused to obey simply laws of Nigeria–Lied to us by swearing to an affidavit in court that he left the originals of his school cert with the army records—-It turned out to be a lie—How can such a criminal love the Judiciary-? The courts are the last hope of the human society——The scale of justice are by far bigger than the local Fulani brain of Buhari—–Hitler like Buhari once thought the destruction of the weak–by refusing to obey simple court orders, is a good thing for the survival of the strong–who often adorn their weak shoulders with the blood stained epaulets of the biafran civil war———-to scare us into submitting to their whims and caprices—in Their 9ja of old—animals

  • Burning Spear

    Buhari who has no respect for the Rule of Law——as a born again democrat, is a disgrace to the ideals that the JUDICIARY stands for in our NASCENT Democracy——-Laws are made to be obeyed because we are no angels—————But Buhari seems to be unware that it was the same Judiciary that he often insults when abroad-that granted victory to Tinubu during his trial concerning his operation of 17 bank accounts abroad. For the Judiciary Buhari would never have been president-even with the efforts of the American CIA. Sadly for us, it was the same Judiciary that led the way to impose APC on the people of Osun state———-Buhari has never had any regard for the laws of the land-that is why he refused to appear before the late Justice Oputa Panel-Similary, Buhari executed the alleged drug offenders, while their case was being heard in the Court of Appeal—-And even went on to refuse to allow Late Pa Ajasin, go home after the courts had freed him of all the charges Buhari manufactured against him. Buhari since he assumed the fake mantle of leadership over 8 months ago, have never obeyed any court order!——-His 17 century like dislike for the judiciary, can only be glimpsed from his failure to allow simple laws of the universe guide his acts in public life—As seen in his refusal to present his school cert to INEC–as demanded by law-and the Nigerian Defence Academy—where he was enlisted into the army with a promisory Note from his school principle-that he will pass his school certificate-But never did—————–That is the character we find oursleves with–as presido of 9ja—what a shame!

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      Please read Sahara Reporter’s report of today that Aqua Ibom governors & Akpabio’s victory’s at the supreme court were bought.
      Delta State governors victory was reported bought too. Mrs Odili judge of the supreme Court was involved in advising governor Wike.
      River State gubernatorial election was violence, many people were killed. That was disregarded by the supreme Court judgement. Rigged elections are no elections. Bought justices is no justice.
      President Buhari will be failing in his duty to allow justice to be bought in Nigeria.

      • Graceabound

        When the judgment is for pdp it’s bought but if it’s for APC it’s perfect judgment. Hypocrisy “

        • Izedomi Ohirein

          I don’t care wether it is PDP or APC involved. Nigeria deserve credible violent free elections.
          Bought justice is no justice. Rigged elections are no elections.

    • Old No7

      Go sleep

  • Dazmillion

    There is no difference in mentality between a SAN and a “charge and bail” lawyer who just graduated from law school. Unless Buhari starts probing the Judiciary and bankers then his war on corruption has started at all.

  • Igwe

    If you know that “there are some bad eggs” within your midst and you do nothing to expel them, you are even worse than the so called “bad eggs”! So Shut up! Okponu!

  • wazobia scatter!!!!!!

    there goes coommasie with his loot from udom,wike,ikpeazu,okowa et al……………………………. yes,its gonna be a very GLORIOUS retirement ……………….

  • joe

    Nigerian judiciary is a sh*thole that stinks to high heaven. It needs to be cleaned up, disinfected and sanitized. It is not just the case of “some bad eggs” 98% of the eggs are foul. A judiciary that acquitted Ibori of all 140 charges , and the same Ibori pleaded guilty to a single charge in a different judiciary? A judiciary where justices even at retirement are acting as errand boys to criminals,transpoting loots for thieves to other criminal judges. Zhese groip of mobsters and cheap hustlers is indeed more than just mere headache. They need to be shown what jungle justice and jungle injustice means!

  • whales1212

    This irresponsible people know how to do their evil job, you visited magu, you condemned the presidency for intimidating judiciary, are they looking for ways to “get” magu?

  • AbujaKenneth

    I thought, NBA will remain silent. Any war that is fought outside the dictates of law is anarchy. Without law we are doom, it will be all for one none for all

  • Jacky

    There’s no law or law book in Nigeria that says the Judiciary cannot be criticized, or that the Judiciary is infallible. How can anyone, much more; the NBA President claim it’s a ploy at intimidating the Judiciary just because President Buhari said “the judiciary is his headache” (for actions and/or inactions of judicial officers) in the fight against corruption? The criticism of the Judiciary by Buhari is a mild, measured and fair statement which is a fact that is well accepted in the public domain. Didn’t the NBA President; Mr Augustine Aleghe himself make a similar statement while condemning it at the same time? The same NBA President said not too long ago that he saw nothing wrong with the very irresponsible and degrading comments made by Joseph Daudu (SAN) against Justice Umar when the CCT Chairman insisted on his right to put his client Bukola Saraki on trial. This is double standard and silly on the part of Mr Aleghe; the vacillating NBA President who claims to support the zero-corruption policy of President Buhari. Even, the CJN; Mahmud Mohammed is not living to expectations: he’s unable to reform the Judiciary and doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing. I suspect he may have been pushed with the help of a “ladder” to the Apex Court from the Sharia Courts….instead of the rigorous process of normal judicial elevation. The Nigerian Judiciary is a tragedy!