Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Another Incorruptible Judge on the Prowl

Fraud Allegation Trails Ogun State Magistrate, Bello
…Accused of Collecting Money to give favourable judgments
CJN Justice Aloma-Mukhtar

Judicial recklessness has been a thing the Nigeria community has been frowning on since inception, this much is evident in the play as adapted from the Incorruptible Judge, a book written by D. Olu Olagoke, as the play talked explicitly about corruption in the society and the damage such practices is doing to the image of the judiciary.

This seems to have little or no effect on the way of life of some of the people in this revered judiciary profession, information reaching us was that a Magistrate in the Ogun State judiciary attached to Otta Magistrate court, one Mrs. Bello has been behaving like the Agbalowoomeeri of the D. Olu Olagoke’s Incorruptible Judge play, the magistrate was alleged to have been popular for collecting money from some people to deliver favourable judgment on series of civil cases brought before her.

Recently, she was said to have shun common sense in her handling of the case involving one Mr. Nurudeen Ibrahim and his landlord Mr. Julius Fatoki. The case which was filed before her case by the landlord is to pray the court to help the landlord quit his tenant Mr. Ibrahim of the flat somewhere around Akute axis of the State on allegation that the tenant is not greeting the landlord not minding the fact that the rent paid by the tenant has not been exhausted.

Ogun CJ Justice Olopade
And in a fashion that has all the trappings of Nollywood, a judgment was obtained with the assistance of one Mr. Amoo, who acted as the lawyer to the landlord, without the supposed defense even knowing anything about the court process, it however became known when the landlord and some court officials were to carry out the illegally obtained judgment a situation that sees them pushing out Mr. Ibrahim’s wife who is nursing about a 2 months old baby into the rain, knowing well that the husband is at that time in his place of work.

Incidents like this sources said is a common occurrence in the court, we were informed that on several occasions most cases has been heard in the court with imposters standing as the defendants just to give chance to perpetrate their evil plan, having at the back of their mind that such illegality can be enforced provided the hearing of the case has been recorded in the court register, the case of Mr. Ibrahim is such that not even the judgment was pasted on the premises of the house thereby making it impossible for the tenants to know anything of such is going on and the motivation for such act has been discovered to have to do with the landlord creating a chance to rent the apartment out for others while still holding onto the money paid by the one they are planning to evict.

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