The Nigerian Structure is claimed to be the supreme law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the basis of its authorities. To this finish, its provisions are believed to be sacred and binding on all authorities and individuals all through the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Additional extra, one of the cardinal tenets enshrined by the structure is the precept of separation of powers the place every arm of authorities; Legislative, Judiciary and Govt, is an equal associate in the working of a profitable authorities.
It’s for this motive that the latest government subversion of the precept of separation of powers, as in the case of Omoyele Sowore, has attracted the fury of eminent senior legal professionals, who contemplate the act a betrayal of the identical structure that the President of Nigeria has sworn to uphold and defend.
Amongst those that have spoken vehemently in opposition to the steady disregard of the rule of law, are members of the Justice Reform Undertaking (JRP) who consider that the persistent abuse of energy by public officers in Nigeria is an aberration which has attained notoriety as half of the cloth of our society. They keep that equality earlier than the law is the solely true safety in opposition to the spectre of oppression and undue affect that these in positions of authority would in any other case dangle over the heads of odd Nigerians.
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In a latest assertion titled ‘Assault on the Rule of Law in Nigeria by Its Personal Authorities, the group condemned amongst different issues, the abominable invasion of a Nigerian courtroom by the Division of State Companies (DSS), describing the motion as a crude, vicious and illegal bid to impact the unconstitutional re-arrest of human rights activist and journalist, Omoyele Sowore.
The assertion learn partly, “It is now impossible to ignore the persistent disregard by the current administration for the rule of law. This is particularly exemplified by its frequent disobedience of Court orders relating to bail of Nigerians in criminal proceedings initiated by the Federal Government. A government outside the law, is no government at all.”
It continued, “Both at home and abroad, this badge of shame stains our collective national consciousness and makes a daily mockery of our selective adherence to the rule of law. Nevertheless, the recent egregious display of executive lawlessness by the DSS in a Nigerian courtroom must give us all pause as we contemplate both how we have come to this and what steps next to take both as individuals and as those who sit in positions of moral and legal authority in this country.”
Offering a a world perspective,
JRP said that the magnitude of this betrayal, because it performs out earlier than a world viewers is to not be trivialized and could have dire penalties on the legitimacy of the Buhari-led administration shifting ahead.
It could be recalled that on December 6, 2019 throughout a court docket session presided over by Hon. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal Excessive Court docket Abuja, officers of the DSS mounted a gestapo type raid on the Nigerian judiciary, inflicting members of the public, legal professionals and a sitting decide to flee for security.
In the ensuing mayhem, Omoyele Sowore was bodily dragged out of court docket by officers of the DSS and rearrested below the guise of a failure to satisfy bail situations. Thus, started a brand new darkish and harmful chapter in the decline of our nation-state and the latest collection of affronts in opposition to the rule of law by the current administration.
At the time of his purported rearrest, Sowore was mentioned to have happy the stringent bail situations imposed by the Abuja Division of Federal Excessive Court docket the place he’s standing trial.
In the days that adopted the grant of his bail a succession of contrived rationalizations have been equipped by the DSS for its failure to launch him. Solely when the Court docket affirmed its order with a 24-hour ultimatum did the DSS simulate compliance with the lawful order of bail. This was shortly adopted by the now notorious occasions of December 6.
Members of the JRP consider that other than the President who appears to have abdicated his accountability to make sure good governance in accordance with the law, it’s a matter for remorse that the Legal professional Normal of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN has additionally continued to show a blind eye to the persistent disobedience of Court docket orders by this President and his DSS.
“As the chief law officer of our country, it is the AG’S sworn duty to ensure the maintenance of law and constitutional order. Although the AG’S recent gesture in taking over from the DSS the prosecution of all charges against Mr. Sowore is a positive step, it comes as only very little very late,” they mentioned.
In closing, the group urged the AGF to pay greater than eye service consideration to Nigerians and the rising international viewers to show that the rule of law is alive and nicely in Nigeria.