What is wrong with our judiciary?
By Leo Aligwo
Does it still have its independence? Sadly enough, the recent ruling of Idah High Court sentencing Ocholi Edicah to 12 & half years imprisonment for setting the PDP Women Leader, late Salome Abuh, ablaze in her residence during the build-up to the 2019 election in Kogi State, lends credence to the fact that the judiciary is not yet free from the manipulation and influence of the topmost echelon of governance or the affluence in the society.
I tacitly state that the jail sentence pronounced against Edicah is not in any way commensurate to the life he destroyed, hence the public outcry. In fact, it’s an encouragement to the politicians & their hired killer squads/ tugs to waste more innocent souls and walk the streets free.
It’s no longer news that Nigerians ‘re living in fear due to the prevailing worsening insecurity of lives & property nationwide. Kidnapping, unlawful destruction of lives & farmlands vis-a-vis of rapping of women by the notorious Fulani herdsmen and other bandits are daily occurrences under the needle eye of our security & law enforcement agents.
An ethnic front that identified itself as the Fulani National Body has breathed further murderous threat against Gov. Samuel Ortom, of Benue State, while the Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Gumi had refused to withdraw his provocative & incisive utterance that; ” Nigeria’ll not know peace unless the bandits granted amnesty.
It’s not funny that kidnapping & other inhuman social acts ‘re now good business, hence kidnappers & other national criminals have made the schools their target for ransom under the needle eye of our security operatives & other law enforcement agents. Interestingly, politicians & other money bags have been fingered as the sponsors of these societal ills while the executive & legislature stand a luff.
The herders’ nefarious activities have further compounded the economic crunch & food crisis, hence the masses dying of starvation, hunger & poverty in the midst of plenty. The Executive & National Assembly (NASS) should wake up their slumber and the needful by rendering valuable service to the people.
Why ‘re the herdsmen/ Meyeti Allah being treated with kids glove by the power that is?
Going forward, the federal should not only proscribed Meyeti Allah but declare it a terrorist organization like the Oduah Peoples’ Congress (OPC) and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPO) which earlier fallen under the harmer.
A stitch in time saves nine.