Human Rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has condemned a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over comments against the Supreme Court.
On Monday, Igbokwe, Chairman, Lagos State Wharf Landing Fee Collecting Authority, alleged that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, bribed Supreme Court justices.
He wrote on his Facebook page: “Wike will not have he audacity and temerity to kill again in Rivers State and run to Supreme Court to buy justice. It will never happen again where Buhari is the President”.
In a swift reaction, Adegboruwa criticized Igbokwe’s attack on the judiciary.
The legal practictioner expressed dismay at the declaration and urged all lawyers, activists and lovers of the rule of law and due process, to engage the APC member on the “reckless utterance”.
“Indeed, it is the height of indignity. By my last reckoning, Mr Joe Igbokwe is still a public servant, in Lagos State, the land of opportunities, being paid thorough our sweat and labour.
“How can such a person paint the entire legal system of Nigeria with such conclusion as that one could buy judgment in the Supreme Court?
“It is highly contemptuous, and it is a case that the Honorable Attorney-General of the Federation should take up, as the official leader of the Bar.
“Beyond that, the Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Nigerian Bar Association and the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, should, as a matter of extreme urgency, demand official sanctions against Mr. Joe Igbokwe, on this very grave allegation.
“We cannot continue in this culture of impunity, where everything goes and our value systems are being eroded by persons who hold out themselves as uncontrollable.
“I verily believe that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode will not subscribe to this open blackmail of the entire judiciary of the nation, by his own appointee.
“The All Progressive Congress, of which Mr Joe Igbokwe prides himself as its spokesperson, is part and parcel of the judiciary, being the party in charge of governance presently.
“If the APC cannot reign in Mr Joe Igbokwe to contain his reckless outbursts, then it should be ready to contend with lawyers and judges, at the appropriate time.
“I say this because I know that there are law abiding persons in the APC, who should not allow Mr Joe Igbokwe to pith the party against the judiciary. Enough of this cheap blackmail please!”