The names of seven Supreme Court justices denied visas by the USA have been highlighted here.
Donald Duke, the former governor of Cross River State, stated that the seven Supreme Court Justices who rendered the ruling that made Hope Uzodinma as governor of Imo State were recently denied visas to attend a judges’ conference in the United States.
He made this claim at the launch of Justice Charles Archibong’s memoir, which was titled “A Stranger in Their Midst.”
Duke stated that the United States Embassy in Nigeria took the action in light of the miscarriage of justice in the case, and he also claimed that all the aides who applied alongside the justices were granted US visas.
Ejes Gist News recalls the apex court’s unanimous ruling, read by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, that results from 388 polling units were unlawfully excluded from the final tally of the governorship election in Imo State.
Names of seven Supreme Court justices denied visas by the USA.
Justice Tanko Muhammad, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta, Justice Amiru Sanusi, Justice Amina Augie, and Justice Uwanimusi Abba Aji are the other justices on the panel.
Duke, delivering the keynote address at the event, stated, “In addition to the recent cases, there is another one in which number four became number one. The justices who rendered that decision cannot travel to the United States today because their visas have been denied.
“They desire to attend a retreat. Their assistants were granted visas, but they were not. How much disgrace can we as a nation endure before we say enough?
“I am certain that this current group will also be denied visas, as it is absurd that you did not participate in a process, but they found a way to dismiss the case procedurally,” he said.
Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), described the National Judicial Council (NJC) as a toothless bulldog at the event.
The fact that the NJC is controlled by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, who appoints 50 of its 60 members, according to Agbakoba, renders the council inefficient and ineffective.
He stated that the majority of judicial officers in the country fear the executive and its agencies because they are poorly compensated and their retirement benefits are unremarkable.
The senior attorney stated, “Judicial employment conditions are appalling. It indicates that they can be managed. Those who do not wish to relax and keep their heads down are foreigners among them.
Agbakoba stated, “We should not put our judges in a position where they can be tempted.”
Abdul Oroh, a former member of the House of Representatives who served on the House Judiciary Committee, shared his own perspective.
According to him, the top tier of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) are to blame for judges’ corruption.
The 228-page autobiography ‘A Stranger in Their Midst’ focuses on the judicial career of Mr. Justice Charles Archibong at the Federal High Court in multiple locations across the nation.
From 2002 to 2013, Justice Archibong sat on the bench of the Federal High Court.
The book describes the cases that Justice Archibong presided over during his time as a federal judge. His approach to adjudication was marked by a strong preference for the swift conclusion of proceedings before him.
The cases included the kidnapping of a sitting state governor, the recall of the vice president of the senate, the trial of members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), the filing of a claim against federal authorities over the publication of an air accident report, and disputes between oil magnates and communications tycoons and their creditors.
“The situation reaches its climax when Justice Archibong clashes with senior lawyers hired by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to conduct a major criminal trial, and when he is caught in the crossfire of feuding political heavyweights vying for control of party-political structures. These conflicts will result in an untimely end to his judicial career,” Duke said.