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Odili’s Judge, Buba, Back to Another Scandal in Lafia

May 30, 2010

Controversial and blatantly corrupt high court judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, who recently granted an injunction to James Ibori from his car, is back in the headlights of another scandal.  He is back to Lafia in Nassarawa State with the special assignment of quashing the money-laundering charges against the former governor of the state, Abdullahi Adamu. Adamu is facing 44 counts relating to the stealing of N5 billion from the coffers of Nassarawa State when he was the governor. 

Justice Buba, who has previously presided over the Federal High Court in Lafia, is notorious for the perpetual injunction granted Peter Odili that has prevented the former Governor of Rivers State from prosecution. 
He was recently transferred to Asaba in Delta State, but began swimming in that state’s corruption-infested pool even before his transfer became public.  Before Buba arrived at the Federal High Court in Asaba, Ibori, who had been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) claimed that he had obtained an injunction from a certain Judge I. N Buba preventing his arrest.  It turned out that it was incredibly the same Odili judge.  

When Saharareporters exposed what went down with the injunction to Ibori, Justice Buba quickly denied that he had given such a ruling, and made available hand written notes he purportedly made at the hearing. Even though Ibori eventually resisted a tepid arrest effort by the police and EFCC, his aides kept harping on the protection provided by Buba’s court, until the fugitive former governor fled Nigeria and was later apprehended in Dubai, UAE.

Abdullahi Adamu’s case was to be heard by another judge with notoriety in his credentials, Marcel Awokulehin, but he pulled out as soon as Saharareporters exposed his location, and made a public statement saying that he had already been accused of wanting to truncate Mr. Adamu’s trial. Awokulehin had swapped places with Justice Buba. He remains at the Federal High Court in Lafia.

Our sources said the EFCC has already protested to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja.  That judge may however be in on the scam, as he merely referred the petition to Buba, who in turn wrote a reply to the EFCC petition but declined to recuse himself from the case.

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The case is scheduled to be heard on June 7, 2010 in Lafia.




 

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