The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) a frontline human rights group in the country on Tuesday decried the high level of politicking and interference by politicians in the trial of the Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), warning that the move could rubbish the nation’s judiciary.
The President of CLO, Comrade Igho Akeregha who gave the warning at a press conference in Lagos urged the politicians to allow the court to maintain the accepted standards within the judiciary in handling matters including the allegations levelled against the senate president.
CLO boss said, “The courts must not allow its hallow chambers to be used by politicians to settle scores but should ensure that justice is not only done but must be seen to be done. The CLO therefore urge the CCT handling this case to be fair and upright in its adjudication by not giving into any form of intimidation, inducement or harassment. Anything to the contrary poses a grave danger to the judiciary.”
The group noted that making contradictory pronouncements makes a mockery of the judiciary and its processes, saying “It will be foolhardy for the judiciary to allow some politicians that have accused it of corruption to paradoxically use it to deliver corrupt judgement.”
Akeregha explained that the judiciary is an institution that must not be destroyed because of some individuals who are bent on settling personal scores, saying they are giving the warning because it is dangerous for the nation if the citizens stay aloof and allow the judiciary to be destroyed in pursuit of personal vendetta.