A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has just granted a former Governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni, leave (permission) to apply for Order of Mandamus, compelling the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to try the suspended President of the Court of Appeal (PCA) Justice Ayo Salami for perjury.
Former governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Segun Oni had approached the Court for leave to apply for an order of mandamus, compelling the AGF to try Salami for perjury, an offence punishable with 14 years imprisonment.
The decision of the Federal High Court is coming 24hrs after the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Dahiru Musdapher, was reported to have written a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan urging him to reinstate Justice Salami as the president of the Court of Appeal (PCA) sequel to the outcome of several judicial panels of inquiries which found no wrong doing by him.
Mr. Oni had on January 30 filed a suit at the court, seeking an Order of Mandamus, directing the AGF to institute criminal proceedings against Mr. Salami.
Mr. Oni, who instituted the case through his counsel, Olusegun Ilori, said: “It is in the interest of justice, fair-play and the rule of law to prosecute the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami, for giving false evidence as the prosecution borders on an issue of national interest, public concern, social justice and equality before the law.”
He averred that Salami deposed to facts in his affidavit of February 7, 2011 and March 31, 2011, about the existence of a state of affairs which were later shown not only to be false, but also to have been made knowing those facts to be false, with the aim of misleading conclusion in a judicial proceedings in contravention of S156, 157 and 158 of the Penal Code Laws of the Federal Capital Territory.