Massive Victory For PDP, As Justice Okon Abang Gets ‘SACKED’
Nigeria’s Federal High Court Chief Judge, Justice Ibrahim Auta, has redeployed Justice Okon Abang, from the Federal High Court, Abuja, to Asaba Division, Delta State, with other 10 Judges, to different divisions of the court.
Justices Mohammed Liman, of the Rivers State High Court, was also affected.
The redeployment of Liman and Abang, is suspected to have been effected over their handling of some recent cases, especially those involving the leadership of the troubled Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which had created controversy within the polity.
Recall, that Justice Abang’s popularity had continued to soar, following perceived controversial rulings he has been dishing out recently.
Justice Liman, was redeployed from Port Harcourt division, Rivers State, to Enugu Division.
Liman, was also among the prominent Judges which the Department of State Security, DSS, accused of taking bribes and wanted to arrest, but was blocked by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
Other Judges redeployed include: Justice S. Saidu (from Lagos to Port Harcourt); Justice A.O. Faji (Asaba to Lagos); Justice R. M. Aikawa (Sokoto to Lagos); Justice B.O. Quadri (PortHarcourt to Abuja); and Justice Mallong Hoommuk (PortHarcourt to Lafia).
The rest are: Justice K.K. Dagat (moved from Lagos to Kano); Justice Saleh Idrissa (from Kano to Sokoto); Justice H.I.O. Oshomah (Lafia to PortHarcourt); and Justice J.K. Omotosho (from Kano to PortHarcourt).
It was gathered, that their redeployment was contained in a circular by the Chief Judge, which was dated December 21, 2016, and addressed to all Judges of Federal High Court, directing the affected Judges, to begin work at their new divisions, by January 30.
Although, the circular did not specifically say why they were being moved, it reportedly cited ‘recent developments in the courts’, as the reason for the postings.
However, there are strong speculations that the development may not be unconnected with the conflicting judgments given by the Federal High Court, in PortHarcourt, Rivers State, and the Abuja Federal High Court, presided over by Justice Abang, in the leadership tussle involving PDP’s Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff, and Senator Ahmed Makarfi, over who is the authentic leader of the party.