14 Oct 2016

An Olubadan traditional Chief wants arrested judges tried, jailed

An Olubadan traditional Chief, Baale Ekotedo, Chief Taye Ayorinde on Friday applauded the steps taken by men of the Department of State Security (DSS) to  arrest alleged corrupt judges, and called for immediate trial of the judges to serve as deterrent to other judicial officers in the country  .

The 82 year old chief who wondered over the frightening discovery in the home of the judges said the best method to apprehend the judges was employed by the DSS and no one should condemn the security agents .

Chief Ayorinde, a seasoned media practitioner bared his mind in a chat with The Nation in his Ekotedo, Ibadan residence.

He stated that the conduct of the judges was not only  unexpected of a judge, but shocking and awesome .

Rather than condemning the method of arrest, he argued that Nigerians must join hands together to fight corruption with a view to wiping out the cankerworm in the fabrics of the country.

He said “All men are equal before God. And there is no judge in Nigeria that has immunity and there is no judge that is above the law and here are judges who were suppose to be the conscience keeper of the public and now they are the accuser of that same conscience.

“Some people have been saying should they have been arrested, my answer is categorically YES . They should not only be arrested, they should be nicely disgraced.

“Are they not the same judges that judge the case of Tafa Balogun, the top most man in the police sector in Nigeria, former Inspector General of Police who was been dragged on the street . He was handcuffed , they judged him and for me they are not above the law. They should even be taken to a Magistrate Court especially the one from Supreme Court where a junior Judge will judge his case.

“We were all here when  mismanagement of some cases were done. We had another Judge in the case of Senator Ladoja . It was one Judge that delivered judgment on the things they did at D’Rovans Hotel where they sacked a sitting Governor and made Eleweomo, a motor boy, the Speaker of the House and the Judge said it was okay . What kind of judgment was that. They turned Nigeria to a jungle of irresponsibility.

“But for the other Judge, Yusuf no matter what they did to bribe her to make her change the case ,she refused. That is a Judge .Can you imagine the PDP case, one Judge of the same High Court  delivered a ruling  and another High Court Judge on the same day ruled otherwise . Corruption has eaten deep into the fabrics of the country.

“And not until the whole thing changes ,like Buhari said, let it start with me. Now, am saying not only with me because people know me for being blunt. I don’t say things I believe to be untrue , I say things that are true and no matter where you check it out ,they find it to be true. Why should they be found wanting in the job they swore an oath.”

Over the years, he noted that judges have shown that the nation’s judiciary was a house of corruption, adding that rather being a place of concealment for the common man, the judiciary had been a place of robbery.



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