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CLO Demands Resignation Of Justice Bulkachuwa

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Posted: Jun 29, 2016 at 6:09 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chinyere Abiaziem

Lagos – Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), a civil rights group, has called for the resignation of Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, the President of the Court of Appeal, over her planned interference in the course of justice through a select, three-man Appeal Court panel sent to Rivers State for the murder trial of Ojukaye Flag Amachree.

Speaking in his capacity as the President of CLO, Comrade Igho Akeregha, at a press briefing on Tuesday in the Ikeja area of the state asked whether Amachree is unequal before the law and better than thousands of Nigerians who are languishing in prison custody including those with minor offences.

The group, which accused the judge of abusing judicial powers in the murder trial said, “Justice Bulkachuwa in an open display of personal interest constituted a three-man panel of the Appellate Court headed by Hon Justice Sidi Bage of Lagos Division, Hon Justice Lokulo Sodipe of Ekiti Division and Hon Justice Adamu Jauro of Jos Division to hear an appeal by an APC chieftain in Rivers State and former council chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Ojukaye Flag Amachree.”

Amachree, according to CLO, is currently in prison custody and awaiting trial for a three-count charge of conspiracy and murder having been accused of shooting one Smart Soberekon to death in April 11 last year in Buguma, headquarters of Asari Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State during the general election.

The CLO said that Amachree’s lawyers filed an appeal at Port-Harcourt’s Court of Appeal to challenge the decision of Justice Margaret Opara who refused him bail on the facts he presented regarding his health.

Akeregha also asked whether it was right in law for the President of the Court of Appeal to exercise discretionary powers by disregarding substantive judges of Port Harcourt’s Division of the Appeal Court in appointing her choice judges over a serious matter as capital offence.

Commending Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) for his timely intervention in the Rivers State governorship election petition cases, the group as well called on him to intervene urgently in Amachree’s case.