The Oasis Reporters
April 21, 2020
Kano State in North West Nigeria continues to receive condolence messages as a result of the transition of it’s one time Attorney General, Alhaji Umar, SAN who was the lead counsel in the motion ex-parte to remove then Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.
This made Justice Onnoghen to “lose his voice” (quoting the words of another retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice James Ogebe).
Justice Ogebe’s autobiography has recently been released on Amazon books, internationally. But the printed copy would soon be available in Nigeria.
There’s a lot in the book about the times and intrigues that surrounded several presidents at different times in the history of Nigeria.
By sheer happenstance, a day to the anniversary of the forcible removal of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen through a process unknown to the law and Constitution, Umar’s sojourn on earth ended. As prayers are being said for the repose of his soul by merciful God, legacies to leave behind become issues for all to grapple with.
Outspoken Abuja Based Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Dim-Udebuani Marcel Esq has stated that Late Aliyu Umar SAN was among the people that used motion ex-parte to remove ex-CJN Justice Walter Onnoghen.
According to him, the late ex-Kano Attorney-General “was the lead Counsel that murdered the Rule of law in Nigeria”, according to a report published by BarristerNG.com
He prayed for the soul of the late senior lawyer to rest in peace.
Below is his full statement shared on social media;
Late Aliyu Umar was among the people that used motion ex-parte that was never moved by any lawyer to suspend the then CJN.
Because I was involved, throughout the Onnoghen saga, he was the lead Counsel that murdered the Rule of law in Nigeria. The Court of Appeal judgment on the removal is unequivocal.
He was used by the Executive arm of the government to embarrass the entire judiciary and at the end divided the Nigerian Bar Association.
At the Abuja NEC meeting where it was agreed that lawyers should boycott Court sitting, he was among those that treated the decision with total disdain and contempt, after a total show of shame and bias contributions, from some Members but thank God for High Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN for his erudite submission that day which I personally went to thank him for saying it the way it is.
All of us must die and history will continue to judge each and everyone of us.
But in the case of Baba silk, what they have reduced our judiciary will continue to follow them and their generations yet unborn.
He is gone and all the shenanigans and his involvement surrounding Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen’s removal will continue to haunt the bar and judiciary.
Agams, sincerely prays for his soul to rest in peace and urge us to learn that this world is not our home.
In concluding the part of this post on The Honorable Justice James Ogebe, JSC (rtd), the title of the book is: “Justice Under the Shadow of the Almighty: My life–Sojourn to the Nigerian Supreme Court” by James Ogebe.
Additional Source: BarristerNG.