Contemplating the truth that for all of the interval the alleged stored embezzling public fund, he by no means sat on a wheelchair, the court docket ought to know that the wheelchair present is a make-perception even when the accused got here with a medical doctors word to authenticate his present well being situation.
Effectively, the wheelchair present is trending. Many, who’re stealing and are being protected by their buddies in energy now, are mulling identical type after they ultimately run out of favour and are caught by the regulation.
In fact, credit score goes to Haliru Mohammed Bello, former chairman, Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) and former minister of defence, for pioneering the notorious wheelchair drama. He was alleged to have aided the diversion of N300 million slated for arms procurement by the Workplace of the Nationwide Safety Adviser.
His arraignment at a Federal Excessive Courtroom Abuja on Wednesday, December, 30, 2015 was stalled as a consequence of ailing-well being, and on January 5, 2016, he appeared in court docket on a wheelchair.
As nicely, Olisa Metuh, former, nationwide publicity secretary, Peoples Democratic Occasion, just lately got here on a stretcher earlier than the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja for his ongoing trial in respect of the N400 million he allegedly obtained from the Workplace of the Nationwide Safety Adviser in 2014.
On Could 3, 2018, Dino Melaye, a serving senator, appeared earlier than a Magistrates Courtroom in Lokoja, Kogi State on a stretcher to face legal fees towards him.
Most just lately, Abdulrasheed Maina, former, chairman, Pension Reform Job Workforce, who’s going through trial over his alleged complicity in a N2 billion fraud, was introduced earlier than the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja in a wheelchair for a continuation of his trial. It was additionally a present of disgrace when some supporters of the accused shielded him from cameras, and the accused was additionally seen masking his face along with his palms.
With the growing frequency of the wheelchair and stretcher drama, it’s apparent that these excessive profile Nigerians are doing all the things potential to evade justice.
The pranks appear to work for them because the loophole within the judicial system permits for delays and adjournments that permit the accused to purchase time, search straightforward settlement or intervention from a few of their collaborators who usually are not but caught or are in energy.
Many suppose that if legal trial for the accused is quick, if the numerous convicted are jailed, if the embezzled funds are recovered, properties purchased or constructed with it confiscated, displayed and donated to social housing scheme, there will likely be no must steal within the first place.
However whereas the loophole persists within the judicial system, the accused will hold inventing extra pranks to evade justice.
It is usually curious that those that lived bigger-than-life simply yesterday on the wealth that belongs to all, abruptly turns into vegetable as quickly because the lengthy arm of the regulation catches them. Is it not simply self-importance?
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