CJN petitioned to investigate Ogun PDP’s link with FHC judges

Reports monitor online from Nigerian Tribune online indicates the  Chief Justice of Nigeria, has been asked to investigate the link between a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Esho Jinadu (aka Buruji Kashamu) and five judges of the Federal High Court.

However, Kashamu, in a reaction to the petition said it is an attempt to blackmail and tarnish the image of the judiciary in the country.

In a petition to the CJN, dated November 1, 2013, a copy of which was obtained by Nigerian Tribune in Abuja, the petitioner, Nigerians Against the Abuse of Courts (NAAC) said it is worried that Buruji Kashamu, the self-acclaimed leader of the PDP in the Southwest and Ogun State is now notorious for subversion of justice through the instrumentality of principally the Federal High Court.

Specifically, the petitioners are asking the CJN to probe the relationship of five judges of the court with Kashamu, through the National Judicial Council (NJC).

The National Co-ordinator of the organisation, Comrade Olaleye Aderemi, who signed the petition said: “On the political front, Buruji Kashamu has always been boasting that he can obtain any order that pleases him from the Federal High Court for a fee. Recently, in the case against former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Buruji Kashamu boasted that Oyinlola will be removed with N25, 000, 000 (Twenty Five Million Naira only) and within a few months, he was removed.

“In Lagos, Justice Archibong who was dismissed on account of one of the Buruji Kashamu cases on Ogun PDP (among several other reasons) must have given fewer than 20 Orders of injunction, Committal to prison e.t.c. for Buruji Kashamu. His judgments are always less than TWO paragraphs.”

The group added that,”What these Justices do not know is that Buruji Kashamu is persistently boasting about his exploits in relation to these Justices to attract patronage for his consultancy.

“Our fears is further heightened by the approaching elections in the country that will involve PDP fielding candidates, vis the possibilities of this same Buruji Kashamu using the court to secure the party candidacy for whoever he wants.

“While we appreciate our lord’s efforts at sanitising the judiciary, especially concerning the use of perpetual injunction to frustrate corruption cases in the country. 

“However, in spite of your warnings, Buruji Kashamu has in questionable manners continued to secure perpetual injunctions from the Federal High Courts. We are therefore urging you to use your good offices to save our judiciary from further destruction by Buruji Kashamu and the judges on his payroll by directing an inquiry into the above listed cases and others involving Buruji Kasamu and, or his agents.”

Reacting to the petition, Centre For Rule of Law, Equity and Justice through his Executive Director, Jamiu Agbabiaka who spoke in support of the Ogun PDP said “We are constrained to, once again, notify Your Lordship of a well-calculated and orchestrated plan by the trio of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Mr Segun Oni and Chief Bode Mustapha to launch a campaign of calumny against the judiciary by maligning some of the best hands on the Bench as scape-goats.

“The major plank of their grouse is that since they could not get some of the judges to do their bidding, then they must be taught some lessons. They plan to use various faceless groups and fictitious names to write frivolous petitions against some high-ranking members of the Bar and Bench.

“To be sure, these individuals are embittered that they are now holding the short end of the stick as a result of their sack by the courts for various infractions on the constitution of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the laws of the land.”
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