Bulkachuwalisation And The Disgrace Upon Nigerian Judiciary


A fortnight in the past, Nigeria’s stinking linens have been as soon as once more washed within the prying eyes of the general public. It was on the valedictory session of the ninth Senate when a ‘Distinguished’ Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, overtly advised his colleagues how he triggered the ‘benevolence’ of his spouse, a retired judicial officer to assist them once they wanted it. Regardless of placing up a spirited effort to cease the father-confessor, the (now former) Senate President Ahmad Lawan failed in his mission to cease the octogenarian from spilling the foul beans.

Opposite to what many have posited, the truth-telling train by the 83-year-old senator, Ahmad Muhammad Bulkachuwa was not a Freudian slip. The conflict between the depth of the strikes by his colleagues to extinguish the flame of forthrightness in him and cease him from talking, and his dedication not to surrender clearly explains that the outdated man was ostensibly seized by valedictory feelings and had the robust urge to disclose the entire reality.

Defying the truth that he was talking on nationwide tv, Sen. Bulkachuwa started by graciously appreciating his spouse who was President of the Court docket of Enchantment till her retirement final yr for permitting him the ungodly privilege of utilizing her to serially pervert justice in Nigeria. His colleague Senators who he talked about as unworthy beneficiaries of the judicial abomination couldn’t conceal their shock however confronted with disgrace, they watched helplessly because the Bauchi Senator gave Nigerians a affirmation of what they already knew.

Senator Bulkachuwa, whose tongue gave the impression to be possessed by karmic forces, on the ungodly Saturday afternoon stated; ‘My spouse, whose freedom and independence I encroached upon whereas (she) was in workplace, and she or he has been very tolerant and accepted my encroachment and prolonged her assist to my colleagues,’ he stated. The previous Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on realising the outdated man was making harmful revelations of their secret practices in public, stopped him saying: ‘Distinguished, I don’t assume it is a good thought going this route. It isn’t a good suggestion, please.’ Impeded by a scarcity of assist and the ferociousness of a decided Lawan, the outdated Senator gave up his mission and took his seat.

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If Lawan who obtained into the tenth meeting with out taking part in a major election was not a direct beneficiary of Bulkachuwa’s ungodly extrajudicial assist then there isn’t any manner he wouldn’t have been within the uncommon unravelling of the Nigerian judiciary which is meant to be the final hope of the frequent man. By blocking a raging Bulkachuwa from shining his torchlight on the putrid bowels of the Nigerian judiciary, he robbed Nigerians of one thing tangible to carry onto of their persistent requires judicial reforms.

The reality is that, as indicting and incriminating these revelations have been, the rationale it didn’t generate any uproar of any kind from Nigerians was that it didn’t shock lots of people. Only some Nigerians have been shocked to study that such judicial impunity goes on within the nation’s hallowed chambers of justice. What these weird moments did was verify what folks already suspected and doubtless knew.

The independence of the Nigerian judiciary has been known as to query, and the dent is damaging. It’s merely a disgrace not solely on the incriminated decide but in addition on the Nigerian judiciary as a complete, which tolerated characters like her till her retirement.

Justice Bulkachuwa was merely a rotten egg, to say the least. Many Nigerians will recall how someday in 2020 when she was nonetheless President of the Court docket of Enchantment when she shared her 4-decade expertise with journalists in Lagos. Particularly, she vehemently denied an allegation that was flying round at the moment that she took a 6 billion naira bribe, her precise phrases have been; ‘There was a time when allegations have been flying round that I used to be given 6 billion naira, and I laughed. So, if I used to be given 6 billion naira, do you assume I’d nonetheless be right here?’, she questioned. The shameless jurist even went on to distance her judicial duties from her husband’s political life. Properly, towards the backdrop of her husband’s feedback, it’s now tough to imagine her, as a result of if she certainly betrayed the ethics of her occupation on the idea of spousal affect, doing it for a extra rewarding monetary cause wouldn’t be an excessive amount of of a sin.

One of many hanging examples of when the Nigerian judiciary was ‘Bulkachuwalised’ was someday in 2018 when a sure man from Bauchi contested the APC senate primaries and was duly declared the winner. INEC monitored the method and was very happy just for the APC to submit the title of the loser. Famend authorized luminary, Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, needed to sweat by way of the three tiers of courts in electoral jurisprudence in Nigeria and got here again empty-handed. Maybe, had Senator Bulkachuwa been allowed by the fraud-loving Senate President, the thriller of that judicial abracadabra might need been uncovered.

The rising urge for food of judges in Nigeria to permit interference is turning into evident. These morally half-baked judges have ignored the truth that their actions truly depart authorized scholarship stunted whereas throwing the rule of regulation within the dustbin. The unruly gluttony doesn’t solely occur in Justice Bulkachuwa’s Enchantment courtroom; it cuts throughout all of the courts.

The bulkachuwalisation menace within the judiciary has no bounds. From perpetual injunctions to black market injunctions from distant courts and weird choices in election instances, the instruments are many. Many Nigerians is not going to simply overlook how the Chief justice of the nation overtly praised a governor who had simply been licensed fantastically corrupt by the EFCC.

It’s so brazen that politicians in Nigeria now not conceal it or talk about their plans in hushed tones. A number of months in the past, the outgone Governor of Ebonyi State overtly advised the world how his fellow Governor (Nyseome Wike) eliminated him as a Governor utilizing the Federal Excessive Court docket regardless of not being a celebration to the swimsuit! Such promiscuity. Sadly, that’s the new regular in Nigeria and the rot retains deepening.

In current occasions, the maxim, ‘Go to courtroom’ has right now develop into a merciless joke in Nigeria. Most Nigerian politicians use it at will. They deploy all means to be declared winners by the umpires and urge the opposite social gathering to go and search redress in courts. Most Nigerians now not imagine that their judiciary can both chunk or bark. Rightly or wrongly, the justices in Nigerian courts have earned themselves the uncanny fame as wheelers and sellers of a tainted citadel of justice!

Sadly, the judiciary which is meant to be self-regulating has refused to make any amends. Every week in the past, the Nationwide Judicial Council (NJC), held its normal assembly and selected aloofness on the matter, arguing by way of an official that the decide in query was already retired, as such no disciplinary measures might be taken towards her. The reality is that they evidently knew that every one their arms have been dirty and there have been no clear arms to hold out the picture cleaning.

What the members of the bench didn’t do was to come back to the realisation that the integrity and independence of the judiciary have been on the entrance burner and as a result of widespread perception, and primarily based on credible allegations that various judicial officers soil the fame of the judiciary by way of choices primarily based on pecuniary rewards, political, ethnic and non secular influences! making nonsense of your complete judiciary.

Going ahead, the NJC should finish the charade and cease appearing deaf and dumb by swinging into motion to completely examine the actions of the retired Court docket of Enchantment President throughout her time in workplace; evaluation the embarrassing judicial pronouncements or choices which allegedly characterised her time on the helm of the courtroom of attraction; and prosecute her alongside her husband and different co-travellers on the lane of perversion of justice.

If they’ve any iota of integrity, the Inspector Basic of Police (IGP) and the Chairman of the Impartial Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee (ICPC), should, as a matter of urgency, instantly invite Senator Bulkachuwa for interrogation and proceed to prosecute him accordingly. He has already admitted to committing against the law. The continued silence of regulation enforcement brokers is simply too loud and should not be allowed to proceed.

In conclusion, the Nigeria judiciary should clearly be aware of the truth that by his confessions, Senator Bulkachuwa has bared her loins to public view and compounded her current disaster of confidence earlier than Nigerians. Correcting the injury will rely on how a lot deep soul-searching they’re capable of do within the months forward.

Africa Digital Information, New York



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