Why We’re Protesting Justice Kolawole Judgment on El-Zakzaky – Group

The Coalition of Good Governance and Change Initiative, CGGCI, has expressed reservation over the the judgment of an Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, ordering the release of the detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
Justice Kolawole had ordered last week the release of El-Zakzaky and his wife, who have been in detention since December last year.
The Judge also asked the Federal Government to pay them N25m each and also to provide them with accommodation to replace their destroyed home in Kaduna.
The group in a protest in front of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Monday, that lasted several hours, said it decided to carry out the action to gaurd against ‘judicial terrorism’
According to the group’s National President, Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi, “the judiciary has dealt a fresh blow to the future of Nigeria by legalizing terrorism while leaving the rest of us at risk of losing our lives.”
He described the judgement as misplaced, wondering how the Judge could order the release of “someone who poses grave security risk to the society through his extreme brand of foreign backed radicalization programme in the name of religion.”
He said: “The coalition of Good Governance and Change Initiative and other civil society organisations is here today to express its concerns over how the corruption in the judiciary has dealt fresh blow to the future of Nigeria by legalising terrorism while leaving the rest of us at the risk of losing our lives.
“On Friday Dec 2, 2016, Justice Gabriel Kolawole of Abuja Division of the Federal High Court ordered the unconditional release of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, without recourse to the consequences that this dangerous precedence would have on law enforcement, security, anti-terrir fight, terrorism, extremism and secessionist movements in Nigeria.
“Viewed against the background of recent clamp down on corruption in the judiciary, it is therefore now glaringly clear that the third arm of government has been compromised and is apparently part of the terror infrastructure. We had in the past blamed security and law enforcement agencies for not being able to secure enough convictions of terror suspects because of non-deligent prosecution but we now know better that it is money judgment that has allowed terrorism the space to thrive.
“In the space of one week, the judiciary has ordered dangerous fanatics and demagogues to be returned to the streets to resume brainwashing, radicalizing and militarizing vulnerable youths in the population.
“This could have only been in keeping with fulfilling obligations entered into for less than honourable considerations even as we cannot rule out a judiciary that is taking its pound of flesh from an executive arm that has exposed the sleaze on its soiled bench.
“If the entire judiciary has activated its vendetta against the security agencies that they see as the executive arm, the precedence set by Justice Gabriel Kolawole took things to the ridiculous by awarding N50 million of tax payers’ money to finance IMN’s radicalisation programme while also asking that the police further deploy its personnel to protect a man whose sect members would invariably kill like they had killed soldiers and policemen in recent past.
“This Judge also failed to realize the weight of his utterance that has basically ordered the government to build a new headquarters for a proscribed group – we do hope he will keep himself on the bench for when other terror groups approach to demand for the government to build them headquarters. The house demolished in Gyellesu, on which the directive to build a new one for this demagogue, originally belonged to Alhaji Ismail Gwarzo, the DG NSO under late General Sani Abacha.
“El-Zakzaky was given the seized house by Gen Abdulsalam because people of Babban Dodo had at time also rebelled against IMN occupation which made them to burn his initial hub after he was released from another arrest for insurrection.”
Speaking further, Ogenyi said, “Justice Kolawole has murdered sleep. He did this confidently because security agencies under obligation use taxpayers’ money to protect him and other judges, who therefore do not know the magnitude of the threat that terrorism poses to citizens.
“This is why we are demanding that the judiciary begins a self cleansing from within. We therefore demand that the Chief Judge of the High Court surrenders these evil men to the anti-corruption agencies, which will investigate and find out how much exchanged hands to compromise national security the way he did. His explanation attempting to make his ruling look like something done in pursuit of National interest is the red herring here”!

Author: News Editor

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