Supreme Court missed great opportunity
Please, take note of this salient issue. It is the type of opportunity missed by our Supreme Court in the Akwa Ibom and Rivers cases, with respect to use of card reader, that made Lord Denning very popular and loved in the legal world. Our Supreme Court, by quality of the judges, is expected, like its American counterpart, to be making policy statements with its judgment. Lord Denning would never have believed that a final court like our Supreme Court would be helpless in such situations. The Supreme Court should lead or show the way for the legislature to follow. The earlier the judges of the Supreme Court realise the weight of the fact that their judgment is final, the better for the overall progress of the country.
We need impartial judiciary
We all speak well of the judiciary when it favours our party, our principal and us and castigate others, who insult them at that time. Nobody is arm-twisting the judiciary, like you want us to believe. We all need an impartial judiciary. Thanks. 08064215026
Odili should sue Dakuku
Million thanks to you for that well thought out piece. I will strongly encourage Justice Mary Odili to sue Dakuku Peterside for character assassination.
Barrister Chris Chukwukasi, Port Harcourt.
APC should learn about cases’ technicalities
When the EFCC was set up, what would have followed would have been an anti-corruption court and a categorical legislation against corruption. Therefore, the present government rather than engage in blame game should work towards that direction. APC members should learn the technicalities of court judgments, known as judicial precedent.
Rev. M. J. Gold.
If only you know…
If you have details on the dollar payments prior to this Supreme Court ruling, you will buy another pen. For now, just keep doing your journalism work.
Blaming bad losers will bring worse doom
Blackmail of aggrieved losers, tagged “bad losers” will only bring a worse doom! For the sake of “separation of power,” you’d rather we maintain sealed lips in the face of glaring judicial immorality. Heaping vituperations on your perceived political adversaries won’t help.
Hon Juventus C. Ojukwu, Enugu,
Judiciary embarrassing us
Judiciary arm of government is embarrassing Nigerians with their manner of case delivery. It is now clear highest bidders get justice in Nigeria because of corruption. Judiciary is no longer the last hope of the common man in Nigeria again, with some cases delivered by Supreme Court judges over governorship election petitions in favour of PDP despite the irregularities in the elections.
Gordon Chika Nnorom, Umukabia. 07084644222
It depends on your argument
The Federal Government appears maligned with lazy and inarticulate Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) vis-à-vis EFCC, ICPC, etc. Jurisprudence anticipates justice for the defendant, plaintiff, and more importantly, the court! If you argue your case diligently, then the court will be compelled, against all odds, to grant your prayers. Media trial appears favourable to the prosecutor, but amounts to nothing.
Peterside has burnt two sides of candle
When a leadership background lacks the fundamentals of democracy, in profession, ideology, philosophy and, of course, feudalistic religion, you can position where we are. My worry is that Peterside, with a promising governorship, has burnt two ends of his candle.
Dr. Nwagwu, C. C,
Nigerians talk and don’t think
Nigerians are not thinking; we are only (criticising) talking, and our talking is only based on the logic politicians throw on the table for us without so many of us, first all, knowing the direction they are coming from and the direction they are going. Nigeria needs genuine and positive thinking leadership void of any type of colour or size of sentiments! We need leadership with total God’s principle to save our dear country from all this confusion of insecurity and corruption! May God have mercy on Nigeria and grant us multiple graces to overcome all these evil winds!
Romanus Ndehigwo, Idiroko, Ogun State.
Judiciary must fight for real independence
Your fears about the judiciary being doomed by blackmail are well placed. I, however, have my doubt that a few corruption-free members of the Bar and Bench would allow that to happen despite a humongous percentage of their members being engaged in corrupt practices, especially within the Bench. Though judiciary is constitutionally touted as “independent,” it’s physically tied to the apron string of the presidency, which prepares its budget and determines who becomes what within the Bench. What spurious dependent is independent? That is the battle that must be won by the judiciary, at all cost, if the best is to be heard from it. It must be apolitical and independent in all ramifications. This requires all hands to be on deck to achieve and the media will come in handy in this regard to liberate the judiciary from the indirect stronghold of the presidency as fast as possible. APC, in my view, could be termed as “ACYLIC POLITICAL CONFIGURATION,” instinctively and intentionally set up to destabilise the polity.
Why didn’t you talk of Abia?
You only focused on APC versus the Supreme Court in Rivers and Akwa Ibom. What of Abia, your own state?
I agree with you
Thank you for your article. You have said it all! I am a lawyer and do totally agree with you.
Williams N. Opara, Esq.