Dep Gov: Justice Akanbi slams Bayelsa gov

THE SUN Newspaper- Layi Olanrewaju

Former president of the Court of Appeal and founding chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Justice Mustapha Akanbi (rtd) has condemned what he termed “hurried swearing-in” of the current Deputy Governor of Balyesa State.

Justice Akanbi told newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara State shortly after a prayer session he organized for Nigeria to be rescued from the clutches of corruption and other social ills, that what the government did was a “pre-emptive action.”

According to him, “the swearing-in of the current deputy governor before the Appeal Court judgment in Port Harcourt may well be a pre-emptive action. It is wrong to deliberately swear-in somebody for the court to be faced with fait accompli because the matter was already in court. The best thing is to wait for the court to take a decision,” the former ICPC boss added.

The judge’s submission might not be unconnected with reported claims in certain quarters that the Appeal Court’s ruling ordering a reversal to the status quo ante, was causing confusion in the oil rich state.

In his words: “What I would expect the governor to do is to obey the order of the court pending the determination of the matter at the Supreme Court as the case is appealable. I don’t know the context in which the court is being accused of causing confusion in the state, but Bayelsa State’s attorney general should know that he has a right of appeal. Therefore, he must abide by the court’s decision.

“Once there is a right of appeal the court orders must be obeyed. So, if we decide to chose which order to obey or not to obey, we will be causing confusion. It is not the court that is causing confusion but the man who is deviant in obeying court will be the one causing confusion.


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