- Justice Walter Onnoghen asked that investigation be carried out after allegations against Governor Wike
- One Joe Igbokwe alleged that the Rivers governor was paying for justice
- The chief justice said the judges be investigated if true
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has called on security operatives to investigate allegation that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state paid for justice from the Supreme Court after killings in his state.
The Sun reports that the CJN was reacting to allegation made by one Joe Igbokwe who through his social media page wrote: “Wike will not have the audacity and temerity to kill again and run to the Supreme Court to buy justice.”
In reaction, Onnoghen said the implication of the allegation was that Igbokwe had evidence that Wike was a killer and also that he had knowledge of Wike paying for justice.
He said: ”For the avoidance of doubt, no appeal has ever been filed at the Supreme Court wherein Mr. Wike was accused of murder. Nevertheless, the Hon. Chief Justice calls on relevant security agencies, including those involved in fighting corruption, to begin investigations into the said comments with a view to identifying the said Justices of the Supreme Court.
“If, however, it is found that the allegations are false, the agencies have a duty to take necessary steps, in accordance with the law, to protect the institutions of state. Where institutions of state are unjustifiably maligned at will, they may be rendered ineffective and the peace, security and democratic governance of the nation might be endangered or compromised.
“The killing of any human being is an offence that is punishable by death and should never be taken lightly.
“The Hon. CJN continues to encourage the general public to use only lawful means in the pursuit of remedies for their grievances.
“The Hon. CJN, once again, assures Nigerians that the Judiciary of this great nation remains committed to the discharge of its responsibilities, in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will.”
Meanwhile, thirty people were reportedly killed in a raid on villages in Zamfara state by cattle rustling and kidnapping gangs.
Vanguard reports that some armed bandits on motorcycles invaded five villages in Maradun district of Zamfara state on Tuesday, July 17, afternoon, firing shots indiscriminately and stealing livestock.
Jabbi Labbo, a community leader in one of the villages - Gyadde - said 26 people have so far being buried since the attack happened.
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