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Monday, 3 February 2020

Garba Shehu's Outburst Against Senator Abaribe: Another Extra-Judicial Statement Targeted At Influencing Court Decision

Garba Shehu's Outburst Against Senator Abaribe: Another Extra-Judicial Statement Targeted At Influencing Court Decision
Garba Shehu

In Buhari's government, it is an institutionalised culture for principal officers to make careless and extra-judicial statements even on pending court cases without consequences. This is repeatedly done, oblivious of the fact that such is capable of negatively affecting court decisions. Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Nigerian President, recently and publicly made an extra-judicial statement that has the capability of unduly influencing proceedings on an issue that is yet pending before the court. He carelessly reacted in a statement against Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe's call that the Nigerian President, should resign as a result of his inability to stem the tide of rising insecurity in Nigeria. Garba stated that Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe should be in jail for his failure to produce Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) globally, in court, as a surety for his bail ruling in the month of April, 2017. Mallam Garba Shehu shamelessly re-echoed the song of "jumping bail" against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu when the IPOB leader, miraculously escaped the plotted assassination attempt on his life by the Nigerian military at his country home.

Premised on this perennial extra-judicial statements of the Nigerian government's principal officers including Garba Shehu, it has become necessary for Justice Binta Nyako and the Nigerian Judicial Council (NJC), to outrightly strike out all the cases involving the Nigerian government, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe. This of course, is the only judicial process that will purge the courts of all undue influences that are emanating from the Nigerian government's principal officers based on their unguided statements. It should be recalled that late President Muhammadu Buhari was the first to say on the 30th of December 2015, that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu would not be released from detention no matter the rulings of the court. Secondly, it was Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Nigerian Vice President, who extra-judicially stated  same while the case was yet ongoing in court. Other principal officers culpably followed suit and that included retired General Abdulrahaman Danbazzau and the APC cum government lying chieftain, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. Justice Binta Nyako should clearly understand that there is absolutely no ruling which she stands to deliver at the moment that will be adjudged credible and free from bias and external influences.

Garba Shehu through his callous statement, has very obviously shown that the Nigerian presidency is manipulating the courts. It can order the court to arrest or release at will, whosoever is considered an enemy of the government. Garba Shehu has through his untamed desperation, subtly given a signal to Justice Binta Nyako to effect ruling against Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe in the next court sitting date, which will yet be presided over by the Judge. But the only step that will restore the already bastardized dignity of the Nigerian Judicial Council (NJC), is for the Judge to outrightly strike out the case because of the undue interference of Garba Shehu. This must have to be done and expeditiously too.

Written by Mazi Onyebuchi Eze

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press International

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