Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has described the controversial Federal High Court judge, Justice Okon Abang, as a cancer that is capable of destroying the entire judiciary in Nigeria if nothing is done to curb his excesses.
The governor, who said Justice Abang was now seeing his position as a judge as a means of getting at anyone that is opposed to him, disclosed that; “Just because I criticised him and called for his sack based on his fraudulent practices as established by the Court of Appeal in its judgment on August 18, 2016 and November 24, 2016, he hurriedly granted an interlocutory order against me on a matter pending before another judge.”
Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose reiterated his call to the National Judicial Council (NJC) to save the judiciary from Abang’s embarrassment by sending him out of the bench.“I am, however, not surprised that Justice Abang, whom I have publicly said should be sacked by the NJC because of his unprofessional practices as established by the Court of Appeal in its judgment on August 18, 2016 and November 24, 2016, opted to get at me through strange and obnoxious proceedings,” the governor said.He said; “If Justice Abang is an honourable person, he would have declined to handle the matter, let alone granting an indefinite order less than 48 hours that I called for his sack.
“However, because Justice Abang is not honourable, those desperately looking for means to get at me and are ready to enlist the support of anyone that is amenable, including the Satan, rushed to him last Friday and secured an exparte order with interlocutory nature the same day the application was filed.
“How could a judge have granted order on matter that is before another court of coordinate jurisdiction and such an order will be granted the same day? The governor maintained that Justice Abang was nothing but a cancer that is eating deep into the judiciary and by extension the entire country if he is allowed to continue as a judge.
“It is on record that justices of the Appeal Court described Justice Abang judgments as fraudulent and that he raped democracy. They went further to say that he (Abang) embarked on a wild goose chase; spoke from both sides of his mouth and acted like Father Christmas. In saner climes, he should do is to resign because that is a clear indictment on his personality and character.
“Therefore, I insist that the NJC should wade into Justice Abang’s fraudulent judgments with a view to showing him the way out of the bench so that our judiciary can redeem its image,” Governor Fayose said.