Bayelsa Election: Ozekhome Condemns Assault On Justice Odili
Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, has described as unwarranted and cowardly the assault on Justice Mary Odili for her judgment on Bayelsa State governorship election.
Justice Odili had chaired the panel of the Supreme Courtroom that sacked David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress as Bayelsa State governor-elect on the grounds that Biobarakuma Degi-Eriemienyo, his working mate, introduced cast credentials to the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee.
For the reason that judgment, which the APC by means of its Nationwide Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, had rejected, Bayelsa State has skilled violence prompting the police to declare nightfall to daybreak curfew.
Additionally, some ‘sponsored’ protesters had besieged the house of the decide condemning her position within the supply of the judgment.
In his response, Ozekhome berated the assaults on Odili saying that the assault was “extremely condemnable, provocative, uncalled for and is actually harmful for the independence and brave selections template of the Supreme Courtroom of Nigeria, which is the apex courtroom.”
He lamented that Odili was singled out and attacked by employed political hoodlums, miscreants and thugs, noting that Odili didn’t even write or ship the lead judgment.
He stated, “The lead judgment was written and delivered by the Justice Ejembi Eko, JSC.
“Extra important is the truth that all the judgment was a unanimous determination and pronouncement made by all the 5 members of the Supreme Courtroom panel that heard the matter.
“Why would she be singled out simply because she is from Rivers State, close to Bayelsa State?” Ozekhome stated.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria acknowledged that the assault on Odili was not an peculiar one because it shouldn’t be ignored and swept beneath the carpet.
He urged the police and authorities to analyze the assault and produce anybody discovered culpable to e-book.
He stated, “The federal government, by means of the DSS, the Inspector-Common of Police should instantly rise to the event and fish out the ignoble perpetrators that dedicated this heinous crime and this desecration of the citadel of Justice.
“They should be singled out and prosecuted instantly; and the place discovered responsible, be given sufficient punishment that they richly deserve.
“No try should be made by any political occasion, or by any particular person or group of individuals, nevertheless so extremely positioned, to intimidate the judiciary and beat it to submission in such a means and method that selections of courts are procured by the chief or political fiat.”