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SINCE the state inquisition of Senate President Bukola Saraki began, I decided not to comment because I had thought that it was a straightforward legal case that did not need any subjudicial intervention. Alas, it has degenerated to a free for all and a kamikaze kind of dance.
Dr. Saraki goes to court and the next thing you see are some of his colleagues clowning about on the court premises and in the room in childish solidarity like Nollywood jesters! If it was a students’ union leader under trial and his mates behave so funnily, I could understand the boyishness. How do you rationalize such a reprehensible and kindergartener display by a bunch of lawmakers, who should illuminate our political and judicial trajectories? I had expected Dr. Saraki to civilize the audacious senators and other brazen supporters by telling them that his trial was not a circus show or a variant of Zee World.
The next tragedy: Dr. Saraki, who is facing criminal charges, arrives at the Ilorin Airport for a weekend to a tumultuous reception by different groups! This is confirmatory of the fact that our value propositions and moral chemistry have experienced erosion over time. Otherwise, how can anyone explain the heroic welcome for a man in the current circumstance of Dr. Saraki? So, what happens if he wins the case? Kwara State, if not Nigeria, would revel for three days in celebration of his pyrrhic victory! Come on, we sure need re-orientation in this country.
On the heels of the foregoing, Dr. Saraki accuses the judge handling his case of overt personalization of the matter. He affirms that the law officer has irrational interest in the legal acrobatics! As far as I am concerned, this is hasty and prejudicial. Perhaps, we should get a judge from Kwara State to adjudicate over this sensational case. By the way, this untoward suspicion reminds me of Olisa Metuh, who alleged that because the judge presiding over his own case, Justice Abang Okon, was his classmate at the Nigerian Law School, he could be biased! The way we trivialize issues is amazing.
Yet another comic interjection by Oloye Saraki: That the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, allegedly has a pending criminal charge on his neck and as such should not be the one handling his case! A question of the pot calling the kettle black it seems. I understand that the federal government swiftly exonerated the chair. From all indications, Dr. Saraki is just buying time, hoping that this “persecution cup”, according to his backers, will pass over him even if it takes from now to the end of his embattled tenure.
Beyond crowd renting, making provocative statements and incendiary comments generally amid insinuations of political witch-hunt, Dr. Saraki should be a statesman in his behaviour and utterances as the case subsists. Vituperative allusions, spineless intimidation, lachrymose alarms of justice miscarriage and wildcat castigations by the number three citizen will not win the case for him.
The best option for Dr. Saraki is to allow justice flow uninhibited. After all, the Appeal and Supreme courts are there, ultimately.
James Okpara, not Opara
ONE of my readers called me last week and informed me that the right spelling of the sadist’s surname, who coordinated my abduction two years ago, is Barrister James Okpara, not Opara, as I had inadvertently mis-spelt in my recent serialization on the monster. I hope he has not disposed of his rickety Nissan Pathfinder, LSD 205 BL, which he used to crate me around Lagos before my consignment to Umuahia on the barbaric, illegal and unconstitutional directive of the immediate-past governor of Abia State, T. A. Orji. Okpara was Commissioner for Special Services, Legal Matters and Due Process in Orji’s office. (Due Process my foot!)
The retaliatory battle has just begun as I close in more on James OKPARA. I believe that his younger brother, Christian Ifeanyi Okpara, one of the sports editors in The Guardian, recollects all the transpirations before and during my kidnap. The etymological nuance in OKPARA does not mitigate or vitiate the criminality committed by Barrister James OKPARA and T. A. Orji.
B. Apugo on T. A. Orji (3)
PERHAPS T. A. has forgotten that while he was in prison custody, his boss, the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, came to my residence in Umuahia-Ibeku, at about 9.45 p.m. and in the course of our discussion he called T. A. on his mobile phone, whereby T. A. begged to speak with me.
During my discussion with T. A., he begged me to help bring him out of prison, saying that he is no longer interested in becoming governor.
Can T. A. tell the world how much he paid me to help bring him out of prison, and subsequently help make him governor? During my discussion with T. A., he begged me to help bring him out of prison, saying that he is no longer interested in becoming governor.
Can T. A. tell the world how much he paid me to help bring him out of prison, and subsequently help make him governor?
A. should remember how the late Isaac Onwuchekwa of Umuagom Ugba Ibeku, who was then director-general of PIB, World Bank, brought him to my house by 10.30 p.m., and he (T. A.) pleaded with me to make him Executive Secretary of INEC in Abia State, complaining that he had nobody to help him, which I did. How much money did T. A. pay me?
Lastly, I will like to remind T. A. that the spirit of pensioners and other civil servants who died during his tenure following his failure to pay their entitlements will continue to haunt him throughout his lifetime.