Amaechi Replies Justice Okoro

By Ikenga Chronicles October 20, 2016

Amaechi Replies Justice Okoro

It will be recalled that one of the Justices arrested by the DSS for corrupt practices, Inyang Okoro, had labeled his predicament as vendetta by the former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi. Justice Okoro had alleged that Amaechi made offers and threatened him, acts which were reported to the CJN then. 

Rotimi however, has refuted the allegation, accusing Okoro of trying to whip up public sentiments. Below is the letter dated 19th October, 2016.

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

‘IN THE MATTER OF THE ARREST OF HONOURABLE JUSTICE INYANG OKORO JSC BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE SECURITY SERVICES AND HIS UNFOUNDED AND FALSE ALLEGATIONS 

My attention has been drawn to a letter purportedly written by Honourable Justice Inyang Okoro JSC, Justice of the Supreme Court, one of the Learned Justices recently arrested by the Department of State Services as part of its investigation into the allegations of massive corruption involving some officers of the Nigerian Judiciary. Given the level of mischief in the Social Media, I would ordinarily have ignored the letter because the allegations contained in the said letter are wild, baseless and unrelated to the issues in contention between the Honourable Justice of the Supreme Court and the Department of State Services, to that extent I had grave reservation if this letter could have emanated from His Lordship.

However, for the avoidance of doubt, let me say clearly that I have never discussed any matter pending before the Supreme Court of Nigeria with my Lord, Honourable Justice Inyang Okoro JSC, in his house or anywhere else, Period. I make bold to also state that the first and only time I have ever spoken with the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Honourable Justice Mahmud Mohammed GCON was at the Commissioning of the Abuja-Kaduna Railway Project on the 26th of July 2016 at Idu in Abuja.

The letter by Honourable Justice Okoro is a poor attempt to politicize what is clearly a serious National tragedy and shame. I believe that the issues of corruption at the highest levels of our judiciary should be addressed objectively. It is to say the least demeaning and childish of a Justice of the Supreme Court to imply that the security operatives of our nation will arrest a Justice of our Supreme Court for no reason other than the instructions of a Minister. Those faced with serious allegations should treat the issue with the seriousness it deserves and stop trying to court public sympathy and trivialize what is clearly a national tragedy.

I have directed my lawyers to contact my Lord Justice Okoro and take whatever legal steps as may be necessary to clear my name of this baseless allegation.

Finally, let me advise His Lordship Justice Inyang Okoro to be objective in dealing with the issue at hand and not whip up unnecessary sentiments against innocent public officers. I remain focused on my assignment at the Federal Ministry of Transportation and I have no control over Department of State Services

Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi’

Hopefully, the CJN will get to lend his voice as to whether Okoro actually reported the matter to him in February. 

This drama is certainly far from over. 

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