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Justice Okoro’s allegations: President Buhari speaks, says I never authorized Amaechi to induce judges

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President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has distanced himself from the on-going travails of Justice John Inyang Okoro, and other judges who are undergoing investigation from the Department of State Services (DSS).

While reacting to the claim by Justice Inyang Okoro that the Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi told him that the President had ordered that APC must win at the Supreme Court in the election appeals of Abia, Akwa Ibom and Rivers, Buhari who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said he would be the last person to authorize anybody to induce a Judge to pervert the course of justice.

Malam Shehu recalled that, despite his personal familiarity with some court Judges, the President had never used that familiarity to seek favours from them from 2003, 2007 and 2011 when he was challenging the fairness of the presidential election results during the periods in question.

The Senior Special Assistant also explained that, as a politician, Buhari had never once ever suggested to his lawyers to approach any Judge for assistance to win his cases. He said the President lives by this principle and has never deviated from it.

On the fate of the Judges facing corruption allegations, the Presidential Media Aide said the President doesn’t tell Courts how to do their jobs and that anybody accused of corruption is protected by law to defend their innocence.

He explained that the purpose of the law is to punish the guilty and acquit the innocent, noting that the law projects the rights everyone.

Malam Garba Shehu said the President doesn’t have any powers to force any court to convict anybody who is innocent, arguing that in a democratic society, that cannot happen without resistance by the people.

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