In Abia governorship ruling, Appeal Court sternly rebukes Justice Abang

Justice Okon Abang
Justice Okon Abang

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday delivered a stringent rebuke of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court for his ruling annulling the election of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, accusing the judge of “raping democracy”.

Gov. Ikpeazu was “sacked” on June 27. Justice Abang said he had falsified his tax certificates, and must lose his seat to Samson Ogah, also a member of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Mr. Ogah received the certificate of return from the Independent National Commission, but was not sworn in.

At the Court of Appeal on Thursday, a five-member panel led by Justice Morenike Ogunwumiju said Mr. Abang “raped democracy” when he ordered INEC to issue a certificate of return to Mr. Ogah without evidence of forgery against Mr. Ikpeazu.

According to the court, the judgement was erroneously based on the inadequacy of tax receipt which Mr. Ikpeazu cannot be blamed for.

“After reading through the judgement several times, I was amazed at how the trial Judge arrived at his conclusion of forgery against the appellant when there was no evidence of forgery. To say the least, his findings are ridiculous,” said Justice Ogunwumiju.

The court said Mr. Abang embarked on a “wild goose chase” when he attempted to help the plaintiff.

Ms. Ogunwunmiju said the case was not properly filed in the first instance.

While the law says only an identifiable legal practitioner can attest to a motion instituting a case before the lower court, three lawyers signed for the plaintiff.

“But on the motion which led to this appeal three people indicated themselves as lawyers and signed the document. It is not the business of the court to embark on a voyage of helping a litigant decide who filed his case,” the court said.

“The judge must have sat in his chamber, unilaterally assessed and computed the tax of the appellant and came to the conclusion that he did not pay the required tax. But let me say that courts are not allowed to speculate as the trial Judge has done in the instant case.

“The trial judge spoke from both sides of his mouth when in one breadth, he claimed that he based his findings on supply of false information and in another breadth, he came to the conclusion that the appellant in this matter committed perjury, even when there was no allegation of forgery and no allegation that he did not pay tax,” the court further said.

Ms. Ogunwumiju also said that Justice Abang turned the head of the law upside down in his conclusion that it was Mr. Ikpeazu that should bear the burden of proof for an allegation made by Mr. Ogah.

“With respect, we disagree with him in this conclusion because it is the person that makes allegation of falsehood that must prove it,” she said.

The Appeal Court also argued that Mr. Abang erred when he imported the phrase “as at when due” into the PDP 2014 guidelines.

“The judge would not have imported the phrase into his findings if he had seen the copy of the PDP guideline. In this case, he violated the PDP guideline.

“From whatever angle one looks at the judgement of the trial Judge, the decision of his court was grossly erroneous. The inadequacies of the tax receipt cannot be visited on Ikpeazu who scored the highest votes in the 2015 governorship elections as doing so will amount to rape of democracy,” the court held.


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  • Fadama

    Justice Mr. Okon has been ridiculed beyond words. This is a complete embarrassment on his honour as a Judge.

    • Aloy Kris

      He will still be bragging and giving useless orders! I’m ashamed this man is from my state.

    • Otile

      But he has the unalloyed support of many Yoruba online touts.

      • ed

        What has Yoruba’s have to do with your cash and carry judge, from your neck of the wood.

      • Fadama

        I am not a supporter of PDP but some of the cases the Justice Mr. Okon has handled have been littered with flaws. I think it is about time he is retired.

        • KBE

          Only people with honour will resign. Abang is a charlatan without shame. But curiously almost all PDP related cases in high court abuja goes to Abang.

  • umunnem

    Hello NJC….
    Can you please do me a favor….
    Get rid of this bad apple asap!!

  • R. Esquire

    @umunnem:disqus

    Justice Abang is just a symptom of the problem with the so-called Judges in Nigerian courts today.

    They cannot reason properly – besides being addicted to corruption and bribery, for the most part.

    Anyone expecting justice from Judges who cannot speak English, is either delusive or just naive.

    ‘Justice sense’ is not acquired simply by studying law, no, it’s personal attribute of a thinking man.

    Only a philosopher-king can sit to judge cases and controversies and distill the truth from the noise.

  • serubawon70

    Our Judges have long dropped the reputation of the bench down by a few notches since the time of Dahiru Saleh and Ita Ikpeme. But this one is by far a new low. Is the NJC not empowered to do something?

  • Ken

    Kudos to this Judge and the Appeal Court that have saved our democracy from collapse. A bang is a dishonest man.

  • Rommel

    This is corruption fighting back and they are doing so ferociously

    • longben

      Reading your comments here sometimes leaves me with the impression that your brain is firmly screwed to your left kneecap! Even an ant sometimes stop to think before it proceeds, you very well seem to lack that simple attribute that is vested on all living creatures, great or small.

      • thusspokez

        your comments here sometimes leaves me with the impression that your brain is firmly screwed to your left kneecap! Even an ant sometimes stop to think before it proceeds

        Not only these negatives or even the poster’s hero, namely, Rommel, who was a high ranking Nazi officer. Remember, that the Nazi’s didn’t only send Jews to concentration camps and then killed them; Africans and mixed race African-Germans suffered the same faith too. And yet we have this idiøt promoting a Nazi officer on an African website. No wonder some people say that Africans are ignorant and stµpid!

        The poster must also be a very violent person in real life, or some sick lonely person (even a psychopath) dreaming of doing evil to others — No wonder he likes the Nazi. You only need to peruse his comments — they are full of violent words — calling for the murder, massacre individuals, groups respectively. One can learn a lot about the state of mind of another person by their choice of words and the frequent use of those words.

        • Maria Darego

          He is actually a very high ranking APC official in Lagos State from eastern Nigeria.

          • UOU

            joe igbokwe? no, no, he is not joe igbokwe, he is far far worse than joe igbokwe, he has no identity, everyone can pick language and speak, he is angry with himself, likely, he ask and questions God, why did God create him at all, he is annoyed with God for bringing him to this world

          • thusspokez

            he is angry with himself

            You got that right — as substantiated by his choice of violent words and phrases.

      • emmanuelmmanuel

        He is El-Rufai’s boys in all online forums, especially this, on assignment to demonstrate perverseness aimed at expanding his political empire. Were you are 234Next?
        Lots of crooks hardly repent. He has over 10 monikers here

  • ed

    Justice Okon Abang is the most openly corrupt judge.
    They don’t call him cash and carry judge for nothing.

  • NinjaK

    Oooh God…..Not Again!
    Why on earth did Jonathan do facial surgery and wear judicial wig to deliver such a nonsense judgement…ehn?
    JONATHAN must allow stop ridiculing this superb Govt, and allow it to sleep in peace o

  • vagabonds in power

    Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) stated that Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu is no longer the Governor of Abia State in the eyes of the Law. This Senior Advocate of Nigeria stated this while lending his voice to the controversy trailing the sack of governor Ikpeazu by a Federal High Court, Abuja. Justice Okon Abang, in his judgment of Monday, June 27, 2016 in a suit filed by Uche Ogah, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member held that Ikpeazu does not possess the requisite qualifications to contest the election as governor, in that he did not furnish credible evidence of payment of tax, to the Abia State Government.Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) stated that Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu is no longer the Governor of Abia State in the eyes of the Law.

    Another Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana also stated that INEC had done the right thing by obeying the order of the Federal High Court.

    “Federal High Court ordered that Uche Ogah be issued with Certificate of Return and should be sworn in as governor of Abia State. INEC complied with the order. The order exparte issued by a judge in Abia State High Court is illegal and contemptuous. The Abia State High Court cannot sit on appeal over the order of the Federal High Court as it is a court of concurrent jurisdiction,” Falana stated.–Fine Ogoa Falana but the High court in Port Harcourt can sit in judgement over the case involving Sheriff ati Makarfi-abi?———————So where were the head of these so-called SANS—who refused to see what the judges in the court of Appeal saw————–in the verdict issued by my Akwa Ibom brother Judge From the SS——————————–? That is Buhari for u–everything is in disarray–in 9ja—cause the president hardly ever thinks-cause he is Fulni—Akwe Allah———–animals

  • Alkalimam

    The corruption case that must NOT be assigned to Justice Abang’s Court……

    • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
    • ₦160billion was taken by Sanusi Lamido at the Central Bank for self-determined spending.
    • ₦1.12billion was taken as spent by Sanusi Lamido on lunch for 12 CBN police guards
    in one year.
    • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered in the account as paid to a non-operating airline
    for charter service.
    • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by Sanusi Lamido.
    • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on Central Bank accounts as “inexplicable
    expense” by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
    • ₦20billion was paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to persons unknown.
    • ₦3.086billion was taken by Sanusi Lamido and written off as expense ostensibly to promote
    Central Bank image.

  • Duke

    Crooked caSh and carry JUDGE!

  • Galantman

    The judiciary is really making a mockery of the law in Nigeria with embarassing, scandalous, conflicting and at times laughable verdicts or judicial pronouncements. For Gods sake what happened to our learned men and women? Lawyers, judges are actual in trial in Nigeria today, and the opinion of the common man on them is not palatable. People viewed lawyers with suspicion, disrespect, and the fear of a devil.
    Please the lawyers and in turn the judiciary in general should salvage there integrity from charlatans and currupt individuals, but so far I have not seen a sincere and concrete evidence that lawyers are ready to cleanse themselves either at the NBA level or national judicial council level. Lawyers over to you

  • stanejike

    I have been following many of the judicial rulings by this Abang of a Judge and it seems to me that he dabbles into any case and gives rulings that embarrass even non-lawyers. Is there no way to ascertain the mental state of Judges before allowing them adjudicate over cases of national importance?

    • abodes_124

      Abang is laughing all the way to the bank with the bribe he was given allegedly by the APC to issue the outrageous ‘judgement’ . Not to talk of what he got for issuing an injunction to stop the PDP convention despite a subsisting judgement by a fellow judge. I understand Abang is now a billionaire from these APC bribes and cares not if the NJC sacks him. He is expecting, once sacked, to be appointed into the Anti corruption group headed by Professor Itse Sagay.

  • Aboki Colonel Mariam

    In the ideal world this Justice “Shakedown” Abang would have been retired. Let us remind ourselves who we are dealing with here: He is the Justice at the center of the trial of Metuh of PDP.
    He is the Judge who issued an injunction forbidding the PDP convention from holding.
    He is the Judge in this case involving a certain political party.
    Now you see why he will not be removed in the face of these bribery allegations. Guess whose bidding he is doing?
    Injustice Abang is doing the APC’s bidding.

    • change of name to Bingo Buhari

      Then why do we have the Court of Appeal————————-and Supreme Courts?—————U think the framers of the US CONSTITUTION–have little minds like that of Alhaji Mohammadu Buhari Bingo abi

    • Bigtin

      Remember the Kashamu injunction …..Justice Abang!

  • change of Name

    Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) stated that Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu is no longer the Governor of Abia State in the eyes of the Law. This Senior Advocate of Nigeria stated this while lending his voice to the controversy trailing the sack of governor Ikpeazu by a Federal High Court, Abuja. Justice Okon Abang, in his judgment of Monday, June 27, 2016 in a suit filed by Uche Ogah, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member held that Ikpeazu does not possess the requisite qualifications to contest the election as governor, in that he did not furnish credible evidence of payment of tax, to the Abia State Government.Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) stated that Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu is no longer the Governor of Abia State in the eyes of the Law.

    Another Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana also stated that INEC had done the right thing by obeying the order of the Federal High Court.

    “Federal High Court ordered that Uche Ogah be issued with Certificate of Return and should be sworn in as governor of Abia State. INEC complied with the order. The order exparte issued by a judge in Abia State High Court is illegal and contemptuous. The Abia State High Court cannot sit on appeal over the order of the Federal High Court as it is a court of concurrent jurisdiction,” Falana stated.–Fine Ogoa Falana but the High court in Port Harcourt can sit in judgement over the case involving Sheriff ati Makarfi-abi?———————So where were the head of these so-called SANS—who refused to see what the judges in the court of Appeal saw————–in the verdict issued by my Akwa Ibom brother Judge From the SS——————————–? That is Buhari for u–everything is in disarray–in 9ja—cause the president hardly ever thinks-cause he is Fulni—Akwe Allah——NB Change of name–form Mohamed to Mohammuda Buhari Bingo—–animals

    • Kay

      Have you heard of separation of powers? What has Buhari got to do with this? The issue is between two pdp members and the judiciary has dealt with it appropriately but you had to bring is back to the doorstep of Buhari.

      • Anasieze Donatus

        These are the type of people that want to comment on National issues without having deep knowledge of how the system operates

  • King Charles

    This Judge is a big disgrace to his family & the judiciary which stands to protect the constitution of Nigeria…. But rather He has been over heating the political system for some time now with his upturned judgement which is new to most learned legal practitioners…… I wonder how cases are being assigned to him knowing his foot part in raping justice………. He should just be sacked…..Only hope NJC can do the needful without fear or favour

  • ALBERT

    The rule of law in any free society is to respect rulings, orders and decisions of any court of competent jurisdiction. The rule of law and administration of justice system also provides for layers of appeal until one gets to the Supreme court which is the Apex court and its decision can also reviewed by the Supreme Court by either reappointing another set of Supreme court judges or adding more judges to the panel. Justice Abang gave his ruling based on his understanding and interpretation of the law and facts before him. We should recall that, he was alone and gave his ruling based on his conviction. The Appeal court judges are five and gave their judgment based on their understanding and interpretation of the Law. The Appeal court judges did not state that, the Tax clearance certificate was not forged. They admitted that, it was `inadequate` in legal terms meaning `forged` but the inadequacies should not be visited on Ikpeazu who submitted the document. This is not the first time in our jurisprudence that, some one has obtained a judgment at the High Court, reversed at the Appeal and upheld at the Supreme court. What is sickening in Nigeria is the abuse and insults meted on Judges when judgment do not go the way of some. The PDP suffering from political concussion is always so quick in instigating its supporters to be blaming the APC for its internal woes and self inflicted afflictions. If the AC had upheld the judgment of the Justice Abang, the same people would have been quick to link the Yoruba judge to Tinubu. Let Ogah proceed to the Supreme court. It is his democratic right and it helps to be deepening our democracy and bringing sanity to our system especially with our politicians who can forge anything to get elected.

    • sab

      Albert, I so much admire your analysis. Factual indeed but you almost turned it upside down when you tried to bring politics and tribe into it. First, consider, objectively, some judgements Abang delivered recently. Let’s be factual. I admit humans are infallible. But when it happens repeatedly, then questions should be asked. Now you spoke about party. Yes, that is always the case over time. Take your mind back to the days of PDP in power. ACN and later APC also shouted that way. It’s natural. Recall the out cry of APC when the Supreme Court over-turned the appeal court ruling on the Rivers State, Abia State Governorship election rulings. Did the APC close their mouths? They expressed their disgust over the ruling and one can still vividly recall what the APC National Chairman, Odigie Oyegun said. So let us not sectionalize things here.

      • ALBERT

        There is difference between criticizing a judgment which is acceptable and being contemptuous by bringing the judge and court into disrepute. The cases of the Rivers and Akwa Ibom elections were political and more on whether the processes conform with the electoral laws and the principle of fairness, transparency and free.It was a matter between APC and PDP of which the decisions and judgments favoured a particular party until it was reversed at the SC. The APC accepted the ruling but has the right to criticize the decision of the SC. The case of Abia Governorship election is between two candidates of the pdp that commenced since Dec 2014. The APC was never a party to this matter but most commentators including supporters of the Abia state Govt have said openly that, th matter was being sponsored by Buhari. It would be foolhardy to assume that, you have not read or heard such school of thoughts. I watched the pdp rally in Umuahia when speaker after speaker called Justice Abang unprintable names and accused APC and Abuja as the brains behind the case. Our politicians have made us to look at every national issue via the prism of tribe, religion, ethnic group or party lines and trained us to narrate stories from the middle and ends it in the middle. What would have been the conclusions of Ikpeazu`s supporters if the AC had upheld the FHC ruling? Your guess is as good as mine.

        • emmanuel

          in my first comment today,i likened Abang’s judgement to that of Osun’s state Hijab case in which the judge went out of the case filed to bring in assumptions and insinuations into a case that was duly filed and delivered judgement. This is not about tribal or political issues which your body language revealed are deep seated in your psyche.
          Lots of Nigerians who exhibit political and tribal sentiments are quick to point fingers at others, when their lifestyles and positions are largely driven by same.

    • emmanuel

      You are a perversed Lawyer and a shameless one for that matter. simple judgement that would pass both legal and common sense scrutiny.
      Abang is an unredeemable crook. All fraudulent judgement in the las one year has been delivered by him. It has become clear that all those who want to scuttle just ice manage to influence their cases to his court. shame!

      • Bigtin

        Remember the Kashamu ruling …..Justice Abang!

        • emmanuel

          Abang needs to be processed for the incinerator in Judicial chambers, so he can go back to his village to square it up with kidnappers who will help him enjoy the proceeds of evil judgements.

    • onyearmy

      If indeed you’re a lawyer, you deserve not the honourable robe of the Bar. You are so warped that you allow your political leaning to over shadow the legal tenets and the very pillars on which justice rests, namely; the “audi alteram partem” rule and the “nemo plus” rule. Finally I do not see a reverse onus in the Nigerian constitution. The rule is “he who alleges, proves”. If you say I’m a thief, you prove it, I don’t have to prove that I’m not a thief. But in the present instance, Justice Abang wants the defendant to prove that his tax papers were not forged. All the law requires of the plaintiff in this case is to make a “prima facie”, which he discharged by presenting his tax papers. Having done that, the onus shifts to the plaintiff. I don’t know where you studied your own law.

  • KBE

    “After reading through the judgement several times, I was amazed at how the trial Judge arrived at his conclusion of forgery against the appellant when there was no evidence of forgery. To say the least, his findings are ridiculous,” said Justice Ogunwumiju. “The trial judge spoke from both sides of his mouth when in one breadth, he claimed that he based his findings on supply of false information and in another breadth, he came to the conclusion that the appellant in this matter committed perjury, even when there was no allegation of forgery and no allegation that he did not pay tax,” the court further said. If this man has any shame he will resign immediately.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    Zoo animals at best.

  • Intrepid

    The trial Judge did not talk about the false information aspect of the documents from the appellant, whcih he presented to his party, on whcih grounds the aggrieved party went to court. Supreme court here we come. There shall be no more illegalities in the governance of Abia State, no matter how long it takes.

  • Realitytalk

    Pdp with different mess everyday, two chairman, two governor, everything has been double double for them

    • Darlington

      Your reasoning capacity has been effected by a virus called APC. Appeal Court is now the PDP.

      • George

        Tinubukuru virus

      • Marcus Ijele

        I wonder!

    • Marcus Ijele

      This man you are really another disgrace like your father Abang.

  • Wale Adegoke

    Abang is a rogue Judge in the temple of justice with addiction to granting black market judgements. Another case that is going to consume him is the cash and carry injunction he granted in favour of Boko Ali Sheriff few days ago. He is worst than Dahiru Saleh, Bassey Ekpeme and Egbo-Egbo put together. Abang is the greatest threat to the survival democracy and justice in Nigeria.

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  • emmanuel

    Justice abang has become an albatross to Nigeria and the Judiciary, he is a shame doing very stu**d jobs for the APC and whoever can afford his bills.Meanwhile, this same judgement should be applied for the Osun state Hijab case in which the judge sought for charges that were not filed and delivered judgement on them.
    Nigeria is in a state of anarchy!

    • Marcus Ijele

      The Osun case should have been a good testing ground of the uprightness of our so called Human Rights fighters,but they went into slumber.

      • Bidemi Lukman

        Mind you, similar Osun case in Lagos which was initially in favour of lagos state – bannig hijab, was reversed by Appeal court. Appeal court held that hijab should be allowed. Compare Appeal judgement with Osun state judgement

        • Marcus Ijele

          Those who sat on that judgment seat were Islamic Lawyers and judges. They only spoke to favor their evil religion, otherwise, a sane Lawyer would have known that schools have their uniforms and any fixation means improper dressing. Besides, that such will result to religious competitiveness from both sides and what do you get from that;Anarchy. It is sheer anti social for any judge to rule in favor of such dichotomous tendencies. I expect the Christians in that school or those schools to wear their church wears to school and the confusion will be monumental.

  • Bidemi Lukman

    Abang, another Jusitce Muhammed Yunusa.

    • Nkem

      My People, come with me!
      Petrol per litre is how much today, after President Buhari increased the price few months ago? It is 145
      Naira per litre. For 5kv generator, how many litres do you need per day to generate your own electricity,
      for just six (6) hours? You’ll need 10 litres. That is how much? It is 1,450 Naira per day.

      Now, since the zero megawatts Minister for Power Raji Fashola has no
      knowledge of how to supply electricity to Nigerians, how much do you now
      need per month to get six hours of private electricity
      a day? You’ll need 44,500 Naira a month.

      Follow me, please!
      What is the minimum amount you’ll also need today to cook a pot of soup for your four children
      as a family? The minimum is six thousand Naira – with minimum ingredients. So multiply that by
      15 days, if you will manage the pot of soup for two days. What will you get? You will need
      90,000 Naira a month to feed a family of four.

      .
      That means Naira devaluation by President Buhari plus the petrol tax by President Buhari
      have now made life impossible in Nigeria. Just to eat and have six hours electricity for a family
      now costs 133, 500 Naira per month, without doing any other thing, not even going out, or,
      even going to school. How many Nigerians earn 133,000 Naira per month? Answer me,
      please!

    • Marcus Ijele

      Do you mean ”My hands are tied Judge”. And ”he came and begged me”?

      • Bidemi Lukman

        On point bro.

        • Marcus Ijele

          Ok sir.

  • Dr. A. Anthony Pearce

    Premium Times Editor,

    I want to thank the excellent thinkers in the reportorial and editorial corps of Premium Times
    for their bracing and objective journalism which is second to none in Nigeria. Anyone who is
    serious minded and who’s seeking the truth of the Nigerian situation will read Premium Times.

    I am concerned, however, that there’s not been the right amount of focus on the economy.
    Nigeria is going to the dogs as the country’s officially declared recession is worsening.
    There is need to raise this issue before the bottom falls out of a very wobbly Nigeria.

    The national currency – the Naira – is becoming less valuable than toilet roll under Buhari.
    The Naira has fallen further to 365 to a Naira at the inter-bank (official) market today.
    It means the Naira crosses the 400 to one limit and will now sell for 410 to a dollar.
    That’s because the black market mirrors the inter-bank market with 20 units hedge.

    Students abroad had been flung out of schools for failure to pay tuition at 390 to a dollar.
    A lot more will have to quit studying today at 410 Naira to a dollar and worse still to come.
    President Buhari has no clue what to do and just sits on his hands and blaming the past.
    At 410 to a dollar a university graduate salary in Nigeria is devalued to 400 dollars a month.
    There is no way a family unit can be funded with 500 dollars a month in double digit inflation.

    • Hero

      I am so much concerned. Take my thinking, Is business corruption in Nigeria? This is because attempts to cleanse the country has resulted in lull in business and nilled investment without which output cannot be recorded. Unemployment is soaring and inflation unabating. With theses it is clear that good intentions on their own are insufficient to galvanize solutions. We need to go back to the basics and with this there are no quick fixes.

  • George

    Sorry for Abang for working for animal Tinubu

    • akin-AK47

      @disqus_P6H4CtCIeu:disqus

      Is Lagos not rated as 3rd worst city in the world now? Look, the stealing going on
      in Yorubaland today is the worst in the whole history of Nigeria. Just take one example.

      With only three ]3] days left in office, stealing is the only thing that occurred to RAJI FASHOLA.
      He stole 25 plots of land in Lekki one day on May 26th, in just one day, everything for his own family.

      I am now thinking how many plots of lands did RAJI FASHOLA steal in eight years in Lekki?
      The only way to answer that one is for EFCC to arrest him. He is born to steal. That is why
      Bola Tinubu brought him in the first place since Bola Tinubu himself is the rogue of Lagos.

      EFCC is to look into Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Surulere, Maryland, Banana Island, Apapa and
      Magodo, to know if RAJI FASHOLA STOLE up to 2000 plots in Lagos and seize everything.
      Thank God the new governor Akin Ambode has exposed Raji Fashola, and seized those 25 plots.

      • Efe2

        “Urhobo man say ‘instead make i born mumu, make i born thief’.

        Somehow, that statement makes sense. I just realize that it is better

        to give birth to a Tinubu than a Fashola. I have always seen through Raji Fashola.

        I have watched his decisions, and utterances, and I have come to realize that this

        Raji Fashola does not have the two round inhabitants of a scrotum.”

        ………….Ena Ofugara

        [December 5, 2014]

  • TrueFairGame

    While we cannot question their judgement, It is terribly wrong to Insult a Judge because he has contrary opinion. This is far greater danger than the conflicting judgement. It is sad. They should not create Political Parties within the judiciary please !!

    • ‘Supo’

      @disqus_1S0APBhaF5:disqus

      When President Buhari increased petrol price
      few weeks ago and the Nigerian Labour Congress called out all
      Nigerians to protest a price level they can ill-afford, the idiotic and usually
      self-destructive Nigerians refused to answer the call. They rather embraced
      their deepening poverty with perfect equanimity, destroying their Labour Unions
      in the process, for President Buhari to live, feed and junket at their own
      expense.

      Nigerians now groan in pain in consequence and beg with indignity all over the place –
      carrying their very very smelly selves in worn-out clothing across the land to knock
      on the doors and beg others for school fees and rent – without thought or shame.
      What a people!

      Take my word for it. Nigerians will soon die en masse, in batches, because every
      reckless indecision has a fatal cost. Nigerians look on like goats as President
      Buhari’s crass incompetence destroys the country. Shortly, the mortuaries will
      fill up with indifferent idiots.

      • Olabode Morounkeji

        When will protested #OccupyNaija, the labour unions were not with us at Ojota. The time for negotiation came, the labour union showed face and betrayed the whole cause of the struggle. This has always been happening. Union is not for the masses of the country, infact to me the labour union cannot lead any credible protest in the country again.

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      at the OBASANJO FOUNDATION which is of regulatory concern to the commission
      and we are currently considering this new information. We cannot comment further
      while our case is live.”

      …….Sarah Hitchings

      (United Kingdom Charity Commission)

      [May 16th, 2015]

  • QXT2016

    EDITOR SIR,

    That intangible quality of quality of JUSTICE is what separates a human
    community from a forest of beasts. As the like of Justice Abang trades justice
    away, and, as Nigerians merely shrug and hiss, a forest of beasts will replace
    a potential human community in the blighted country called Nigeria. In a forest
    of beasts, death is what stalks everyone like the sun. It is now as simple as that.

  • T-Rex

    If this Ogah of a man had been sworn in as Abang/inec planned,what would have happened now in view of the Appeal Court ruling?

  • Mr. S. Enitan

    @disqus_P6H4CtCIeu:disqus

    Nigerians are not serious people. No serious country will put a career criminal like Bukola Saraki
    in charge of the country’s National Assembly and put an upside down thinker like Judge Abang
    in charge of interpreting laws supervised and enacted into law by Bukola Saraki. Which is why
    Nigeria is a joke. Fish rots from the head. Those mis-elected and mis-appointed into office
    are the wrong people for the job. But they hold office all the same because, for example,
    the cravenly retarded people of Kwara state are afflicted with a Stockholm Syndrome,
    of masochist type, which makes them enjoy pain and to vote for a man who robs them.
    In Nigeria, thieves hold plum public office in consequence and decide public ethics.
    Emirs Obas, Obis, Ministers, Senators are very often putative thieves as well.
    Anyone looking for merits under Nigeria’s rule of thieves is either sick or silly.

    • Alkalimam

      The corruption case that must NOT be assigned to Justice Abang’s Court……

      • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
      • ₦160billion was taken by Sanusi Lamido at the Central Bank for self-determined spending.
      • ₦1.12billion was taken as spent by Sanusi Lamido on lunch for 12 CBN police guards
      in one year.
      • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered in the account as paid to a non-operating airline
      for charter service.
      • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by Sanusi Lamido.
      • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on Central Bank accounts as “inexplicable
      expense” by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
      • ₦20billion was paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to persons unknown.
      • ₦3.086billion was taken by Sanusi Lamido and written off as expense ostensibly to promote
      Central Bank image.

      • Makereke

        THIS LEVEL OF STEALING GOING ON IN NIGERIA IS BEYOND HUMAN UNDERSTANDING.

        ANYONE WHO WANTS TO SOLVE THIS SORT OF THEFT NEEDS RIFLES AND BULLETS.

        • Bene Banigoe

          President Buhari should cannot afford to disgrace himself further over this
          Sanusi Lamido Sanusi case for tribalism sake. All thos being arrested did not
          steal up to this 1.2 TRILLION Naira that went missing in the hands of Sanusi
          Lamido Sanusi at the Central Bank of Nigeria. Nobody believes that President
          Buhari is studying the files of this grand theft for over one year now. That is
          hypocrisy!

          The Central Bank audit was long completed by the federal government
          itself. The audit report showing those listed thefts has been on President
          Buhari’s table since June last year. President Buhari did nothing since
          last year June. But this money belongs to the people. It is not President
          Buhari’s personal funds which he, as Buhari, can forgive by himself.

          The people of Nigeria insist
          that Sanusi Lamido must face trial for conviction and sentencing to jail
          for financial crimes. President Buhari will be committing an impeachable
          offence to stand in the way of regular application to audit-proved facts. Every
          thief must have his day in court. The people of Nigeria demand full refund of
          the 1.2 trillion Naira which went missing in Sanusi Lamido’s hands.

  • Reasonable

    @ Albert seems to be the only intelligent personality here today. Your comments are devoid of religious, tribal, regional or personality sentiments. Keep it up, you would be an inspirational figure for many upcoming lads in the future.
    For the rest, I wonder whether they have never heard a situation where Appeal Court rulings were over-ruled by the Supreme Court.
    I rest my case.

    • ANIMAL Farm

      Sound judgement. One wonders why these Appeal court judges did not handle the case of “missing” or “non-existent” WAEC certificate and alleged forgery thereof brought against Napoleon of Animal Farm. With their sound knowledge and application of facts, I am sure Napoleon would have no place to hide regardless of how he and his Puppies bark.

      • No Commento

        “The APC party is part of the corruption in the country. They [APC] are not fit to be there.

        We are sitting on a keg of gun powder. The day it will explode, it will consume all of us.

        So many graduates are not employed. Unemployed people are the people behind the

        militancy in the Niger Delta region. I want to warn Christians in the National Assembly.

        They should be careful, they should not take the issue of Sharia law and the grazing bill

        in the National Assembly lightly. Nobody can acquire my land. Northerners cannot acquire my land

        to graze their cattle. Let them go and graze in their own part of the country.”

        ……………Prelate Sunday Makinde

        (Former Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria)

        [August 15, 2016]

      • Simple & Straightforward

        SO LONG AS COURT VERDICTS CAN BE DICTATED OR BOUGHT BY POLITICIANS IN POWER,
        THERE WILL NEVER BE LAW NOR THE RULE OF LAW IN THIS FAST DIS-APPEARING REPUBLIC.

    • Etomi

      No my guy…Something fundamentally wrong underscored Abang’s ruling in Ikpeazu’s matter….

      The sheer speed with which INEC returned Ogah following Abang’s judgement despite the fact that the Ikpeazu camp had appealed against the judgement, with INEC making rather very specious arguments about receiving the notice of appeal late or after they’d handed over the certificate of return to Ogah….

      It also reminds me of the speed with which the police chose to act upon Abang’s ruling at the expense of Watila’s ruling, while Abang went on and on and on berating judges of equal rank with him for delivering their own judgment that conflicted his own whereas he was a very late entrant into the matter….

      I can assure you that the Court of Appeal did not tongue-lash Abang…..wait for the Supreme Court…you will see the mother of insults…..why ? because Abang being only a trial court judge appears to be usurping the powers of the appellate courts, and this Justice Ogunwumiju made veiled reference to….The appellate courts will put Abang in his place…..this is just the inauguration!!!!!!

      Circumstantial evidence is to the effect Abang is being used by the powers that be….

    • xzed009

      @Reasonable:

      Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court had also issued a ludicrous order
      decidedly in favour of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on April 4th, 2014, as follows, viz:

      “An order of this court is hereby made restraining the respondent
      (i.e Department of State Security Services (DSS) their agents, privies
      or any other law enforcement agency of the respondents, from further
      interfering, harassing or infringing on the personal liberty of the applicant
      .”

      Stripped of legalese, this court order simply barred the DSS from ever performing its statutory
      duty to arrest a suspect linked with terrorism for investigation. This type of court order is as much
      an outrage as the injunction issued by the then Judge Yunusa of the same court retraining
      the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] from arresting a financial crimes suspect.

      If a principle lies against the issuance of interlocutory or interim injunctions in restraint of
      an agency’s performance of statutory duties, all Judges who committed this judicial misconduct
      should be similarly treated and sacked. Choosing whom amongst the Judges to sack and whom
      to overlook is un-acceptable injustice.

    • emmanuel

      we know your type. bad guys who use thousands of monikers to drum support for atrocious and despicable acts to give semblance of genuinety, when they are actually fake. Even Satan has billions of worshippers also

      • Nnamdi

        Emmanuel!
        I agree with you fully!
        Whether your wife bed-wets in your home oh, just blame Buhari?at night

    • ericdwise

      Yes Appeal court cases are over ruled by supreme court but not this one. If you are observant most cases over turn are not always unanimous but by majority say 3 against 2. In this case the rebukes and reprimand dished out to okon abang speaks volumes. Trust me on this the supreme court will lambast okon abang more

  • vagabonds in power

    There are strong indications that forces in the camp of the embattled governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu are mounting immense pressure on him to resign from office and handover to his deputy, Nigerian NewsDirect can authoritatively report.

    The forces who are bent on frustrating the court judgment given in favour of Uche Ogah, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member believed the resignation of the embattled governor and handing over to his deputy will frustrate the move of swearing in the new governor elect.

    A usually authoritative source said, “Information had it that pressure is now on Gov. Okezie to resign and give way to his deputy thereby stopping the ongoing move.”

    Recall that former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) has stated that gov Ikpeazu is no longer the Governor of Abia State in the eyes of the Law.

    This Senior Advocate of Nigeria stated this while lending his voice to the controversy trailing the sack of governor Ikpeazu by a Federal High Court, Abuja.

    • ericdwise

      Radio without batteries!!!! Haba

  • separation is the answer

    Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) stated that Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu is no longer the Governor of Abia State in the eyes of the Law. This Senior Advocate of Nigeria stated this while lending his voice to the controversy trailing the sack of governor Ikpeazu by a Federal High Court, Abuja. Justice Okon Abang, in his judgment of Monday, June 27, 2016 in a suit filed by Uche Ogah, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member held that Ikpeazu does not possess the requisite qualifications to contest the election as governor, in that he did not furnish credible evidence of payment of tax, to the Abia State Government.Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) stated that Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu is no longer the Governor of Abia State in the eyes of the Law.

    Another Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana also stated that INEC had done the right thing by obeying the order of the Federal High Court.

    “Federal High Court ordered that Uche Ogah be issued with Certificate of Return and should be sworn in as governor of Abia State. INEC complied with the order. The order exparte issued by a judge in Abia State High Court is illegal and contemptuous. The Abia State High Court cannot sit on appeal over the order of the Federal High Court as it is a court of concurrent jurisdiction,” Falana stated.–Fine Ogoa Falana but the High court in Port Harcourt can sit in judgement over the case involving Sheriff ati Makarfi-abi?———————So where were the head of these so-called SANS—who refused to see what the judges in the court of Appeal saw————–in the verdict issued by my Akwa Ibom brother Judge From the SS——————————–? That is Buhari for u–everything is in disarray–in 9ja—cause the president hardly ever thinks-cause he is Fulni—Akwe Allah———–animals

    • Henry

      Those two characters you call SANs Olisa Agbakoba and Femi Falana have stopped being officers of the law. They are mere soldiers of fortune. Nigerians who follow political discuss and events in Nigeria critically do not take them seriously. These men are cloud without rain, they claim to be cerebral but empty, men without any modicum of integrity.

    • Alakao

      So, Buhari was the judge or lawyer or?
      What part did Buhari play in this case or did he help write the court verdict?

      Whatever wrong that has happened in Nigeria, whether a teacher is late to school or a policeman exthorted the motor tout, it has to be Buhari that is at work?

      No wonder the NASS & Co continue to take Nigerians for a ride!
      They know that ordinary Nigerians are too dumb!

      • felixnnamdi

        Was the former president not blamed for everything while he was in office? It is Buhari’s turn now.

    • chuck

      Agbkoba and Falana are not current with the disciple of law. Their stands have always been political as opposed to the letters and understanding and interpretation of the law. Shame on them.