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Njoku’s ordeal in prison: Is the Supreme Court on trial?


Being a press statement held on November 29, 2022 by the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) upon the wrongful remand of Chief Edozie Njoku to Suleja Prison by Hon. Justice M. A Madugu at the FCT High Court 40 Bwari

On November 28, 2022, Hon. Justice M. A Madugu at the FCT High Court 40 Bwari denied Chief Edozie Njoku (National Chairman of APGA) and Chukwuemeka Nwoga (National Youth Leader of APGA) bail and sent them to Suleja prison on allegation of forgery.

However, there was a dramatic twist during the emotional and sentimental presentation of CSP Ezekiel Rimamsomte, the Police prosecutor, wherein he alleged that the November 7, 2022 clarification letter from Hon. Justice Ukaego Mary Peter Odili, where she owned up to the amendment was forged.

Throwing decorum to the wind, in most unprofessional manner, Mr. Ezekiel told the Court that he would arraign Hon. Justice Ukaego Mary Peter Odili.

Ladies and gentlemen of the Fourth Estate of the Realm, if a man takes 10 years to practice madness, it is incumbent on his agnates to inquire how long he plans to run mad.

We have observed a trend in the investigation of this matter and wish to plead with the Inspector of General of Police to intervene.

The amendment of the Supreme Court Judgment was done on May 9, 2022. The Certified True Copies (CTCs) of the Enrolment Order was authorized and issued by Hon. Justice Kudirat M. O Kekere-Ekun (CFR) on July 15, 2022 (Two months after Hon. Justice Ukaego Mary Peter – Odili) had retired.

The five Justices of the Supreme Court in that Panel all corrected their October 14, 2021 Judgments. Why is Edozie Njoku being arraigned when the Justices of the panel are yet to be contacted?

Remanding Chief Edozie Njoku amounts to remanding Hon. Justice Ukaego Mary Peter – Odili (Retired), Hon. Justice Kudirat M. O Kekere-Ekun (CFR), Hon. Mr. Justice M. Lawal Garba, Hon. Mr. Justice Ibrahim Mohammed M. Saulawa, Hon. Mr. Justice Emmanuel A. Agim; especially when the lead justice had written a letter to this effect.

To hide under the flimsy excuse that Justice Odili’s clarification letter is functus officio is being clever by half. If her letter is as unimportant as it is being made to seem, why is the Court considering arraigning her? Assuming she is arraigned, like Mr. Ezekiel has threatened, is it possible that she would say anything other than what she had put forward on her letter?

The singular reason why this investigation has lasted for months is that conspiracy of this nature is usually tasking, especially when you are dealing with a people that are determined to change the narrative. Let me advice Gov. Soludo who has been bankrolling this onslaught, ‘be careful in dealing with the man who cares nothing for sensual pleasures, nothing for praise or comfort, for he is a dangerous and uncomfortable enemy; because his body which you can always lay hands on gives you little or no purchase upon his soul.’
This was the same way Soludo and Victor Oye recruited Mr. Mohammed Dikko, Director of Litigation of the Supreme Court and he continued to issue CTC of the Old Judgment, in total denial of the amendment of May 9, 2022. It was Dikko’s CTC that created the confusion that there were two judgments on SC/CV/687/2021.

This was the same way Soludo and Victor Oye recruited Dr. Festus Akande, Director Press and Media of the Supreme Court to present falsehood to the general public concerning this judgment of September 1, 2022.

This was the same way Soludo and Victor Oye recruited Mrs Hajo Sarki Bello, the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court and she summoned the guts to use the letter head of the Supreme Court and wrote a letter to INEC and the Police that the amended judgment was forged.

These plots were hatched and executed while the Supreme Court justices were on their annual vacation. The conspiracy was to intimidate and cow us into submission; throw us into the prison so that Nigerian will cast aspersions on us and label us as criminals. Unfortunately, Soludo and Victor Oye are dealing with men whose resilience, fortitude and bulldog tenacity are intact. We remain unruffled.

The reason why they have recruited CSP Ezekiel Rimamsomte to vilify Justice Mary Odili’s letter is because they never expected that the Amazon will step out of her retirement to save a just man.

We are not bothered about Gov. Soludo and Victor Oye’s antics. We shall defeat them like we have always done.

Since 2019 APGA National Convention at Owerri, Victor Oye has moved from one Court to the other hoping to stop Chief Edozie Njoku but has been roundly defeated.

It is incomprehensible that Mr. Ezekiel is meddling into a matter that the Supreme Court had already decided on. Hear him, ‘This man was not a party to the case from Jigawa State High Court to the Court of Appeal in Kano State and the Supreme Court when he sought to be joined as an interested party.’

He went further to allege that Edozie Njoku bribed some members of staff who gave him the Judgment. Funny enough, Mr. Ezekiel has not arraigned those purported to have forged the judgment with Chief Njoku.

Notably, Ezekiel may have strolled into where angels dare to tread by alleging that the ‘charges will be amended to compel Odili to appear before the court either as a co-accused person or witness in the matter.’

Seeing Ezekiel brazenly defending some of the people that we have called out in this matter speaks volumes.

The choice of these locations is revealing. They speak volume into the deadly plot to ensure Chief Edozie Njoku is either put behind bars for doing nothing.

Having failed in the media trial, Chief Njoku’s traducers have hatched other vicious and mendacious plots.

We are not distracted by the media razzmatazz. The Court queried the bases of the Bench Warrant on Njoku since the man walked into the Court voluntarily.

We commend all those that have been with us in the course of these perilous times. This too shall pass.

National Working Committee (NWC)

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