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Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by Okwyla: 10:52am On Jul 14
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned “the harassment, intimidation and unfair treatment of the former acting Chief Judge of Kebbi State, Elizabeth Karatu and called for a probe.



She was reportedly barred from gaining access to her courtroom to deliver certain judgment by an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), who claimed he was acting based on the directive given to him by the management.

SERAP urged the Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad to: “publicly condemn the unfair treatment of Justice Karatu.

It also urged the acting CJN to urgently refer the matter to appropriate authorities for a prompt, thorough and effective investigation in order to ensure that those responsible for this unlawful act are named and shamed and brought to justice.”

In a video clip, Justice Karatu is heard saying: “I am the most senior judge in this court and I am here to deliver my judgement. Can you imagine? Which management gave you the order? Today is my last day to be here and it is my right to be here. I have come to deliver my judgement. As far as I am concerned, everybody in this court is my junior and I need a courtroom to deliver my judgment.”

SERAP in a statement today by its deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, said: “Barring Justice Karatu from delivering judgment is an intolerable act of intimidation against the highest judicial authority in Kebbi State at the material time. Regardless of any allegations that may have been levelled against her, it is clear that Justice Karatu has been unfairly treated by the apparently unlawful actions of the Kebbi State governor, Mr Atiku Bagudu and the NSCDC barring her from gaining access to her courtroom to rule on cases.”


According to SERAP, “Barring Justice Karatu from gaining access to her courtroom is entirely incompatible with the sacred principle of judicial independence, and the failure by the authorities to observe important procedural guarantees here is a textbook case of executive rascality. SERAP will vigorously pursue justice in this case, to ensure that this shameful act does not affect the work of other judges or undermine their ability to freely and effectively perform their judicial duties.”

“The NJC should immediately set up a panel to thoroughly and effectively investigate the alleged role played by the new acting Chief Judge of Kebbi State, Justice Suleiman Mohammed Ambursa in the unfair treatment, harassment and intimidation of Justice Karatu, and if there is sufficient and relevant admissible evidence, to ensure appropriate disciplinary measures and sanctions against him.”

“The apparently arbitrary actions by governor Bagudu and the NSCDC also amount to an unlawful interference with Justice Karatu’s private and professional life, contrary to the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.”

“The Nigerian constitution and these human rights treaties afford legal protection against arbitrary interference by the authorities, including in Kebbi State. The unfair treatment and intimidation of Justice Karatu, apart from being incompatible with the rule of law, has had tangible consequences for her material well-being and her family.”

“Such arbitrary and illegal actions expose judges at both the federal and state levels to political and executive pressure, endangering their independence and impartiality.”

“Under our laws, judges can be removed only in accordance with an objective, independent procedure prescribed by law. Any sanctions or disciplinary procedures for judges must ensure sufficient separation of the judiciary from other branches of State power and provide appropriate guarantees against abuse and misuse of disciplinary measures and sanctions to the detriment of judicial independence.”

“Judges must be free to carry out their professional duties without political interference and must be protected, in law and in practice, from attack, harassment or persecution as they carry out their professional activities.”

“Courts play a major role in the fight against corruption, and ensuring that victims or potential victims of human rights violations obtain effective remedies and protection, that perpetrators of human rights violations are brought to justice.”

“But when judges are unfairly treated, the role of the judicial system to act as check and balance on the other branches of government, ensure that laws of the legislative and the acts of the executive comply with the rule of law, is seriously eroded.”

Last week, a trending video clip showed an official of the NSCDC barring Justice Karatu, from gaining access to a courtroom. The judge, who was billed to retire on July 5, was supposed to rule on cases on July 4, her last day in office. Mrs Karatu, until her retirement, was the most senior judge in Kebbi State judiciary. The civil defence official barricaded the road as he prevented the senior judge and her police orderly from gaining access to the court premises.

Justice Karatu, a Christian, was appointed acting chief judge of Kebbi State in October 2018, following the retirement of the former chief judge, Bala Mairiga, who left the bench the same month. The Kebbi State House of Assembly refused to confirm Mrs Karatu as the substantive CJ after the state governor, Atiku Bagudu, sent her name to the House, for confirmation.

https://www.akelicious.net/2019/07/justice-karatuserap-seeks-probe-of.html

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Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by stonemasonn: 11:12am On Jul 14
I expect MURIC to issue a statement.

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Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by CXLVII: 11:55am On Jul 14
stonemasonn:
I expect MURIC to issue a statement.

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Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by Wealthierboy(m): 11:57am On Jul 14
Abeg na them them.
Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by Mallamjp(m): 11:57am On Jul 14
Speechless
Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by AntiWailer: 11:57am On Jul 14
When a justice can not get justice

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Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by SolarKing247: 11:59am On Jul 14
God bless Nigeria.

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Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by Dokitadotun: 12:01pm On Jul 14
May be becos she is a Christian. The way some of these northern state treat Christians is terrible. Imagine a governor refusing to sponsor Christians for pilgrimage meanwhile he is doing the same for Muslims.

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Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by Godjone(m): 12:02pm On Jul 14
By the special grace of God, buhari and the useless Islamists working in his cabinet will not end well. The marginalization, killings and oppression against Christians under these fools is alarming.

Buhari, I curse the day you were elected President and curse you are and your cabinet amen

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Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by CXLVII: 12:06pm On Jul 14
Dokitadotun:
May be becos she is a Christian. The way some of these northern state treat Christians is terrible. Imagine a governor refusing to sponsor Christians for pilgrimage meanwhile he is doing the same for Muslims.

Godjone:
By the special grace of God, buhari and the useless Islamists working in his cabinet will not end well. The marginalization, killings and oppression against Christians under these fools is alarming.

Buhari, I curse the day you were elected President and curse you are and your cabinet amen

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Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by Olanipekun1: 12:09pm On Jul 14
CXLVII:
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Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by Ruggedniggaone: 12:10pm On Jul 14
CXLVII:

you need urgent brain surgery

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Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by kings09(m): 12:10pm On Jul 14
This country is gone

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Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by straighttalk(m): 12:13pm On Jul 14
Somebody should please Wake me, When SERAP or whatever they are called have something tangible to say.
Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by CXLVII: 12:13pm On Jul 14
Ruggedniggaone:
you need urgent brain surgery
Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by Amitez: 12:13pm On Jul 14
SERAP is a fraudulent distraction and should kindly stop spamming the media space with irrelevant issues. Was SERAP in Mars when this woman petitioned NJC? Where was SERAP all the while the Kebbi governor stopped her confirmation?. Infact, how many of their petitions have they followed up on? They are paid agents of APC just to distract public attention.

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Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by Olanipekun1: 12:17pm On Jul 14
CXLVII:
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Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by Shimran(m): 12:30pm On Jul 14
AntiWailer:
When a justice can not get justice
Who else can get?
Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by Olanipekun1: 12:33pm On Jul 14
CXLVII:
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Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by Shimran(m): 12:37pm On Jul 14
Dokitadotun:
May be becos she is a Christian. The way some of these northern state treat Christians is terrible. Imagine a governor refusing to sponsor Christians for pilgrimage meanwhile he is doing the same for Muslims.
From your comments you said "maybe", i.e uncertainty exist. Why forwarding to judge? It can only be judged when the other side of the story is revealed as the SERAP are seeking for probe.You are at your liberty to say anything after the probe!
Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by crownwealth: 12:43pm On Jul 14
MURRIC Oya the floor is open
Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by awoluyi(m): 12:45pm On Jul 14
The woman's treatment is "fairly unfair." We were in this country when a state governor ordered thugs to flog a judge out the courtroom. This woman is lucky that she was not publicly molested. The politicians have completely ruined Nigeria.
Re: Justice Karatu:serap Seeks Probe Of Unfair Treatment by Shimran(m): 12:46pm On Jul 14
Godjone:
By the special grace of God, buhari and the useless Islamists working in his cabinet will not end well. The marginalization, killings and oppression against Christians under these fools is alarming.

Buhari, I curse the day you were elected President and curse you are and your cabinet amen
Neither you are Angel, supernatural, nor among the past prophets. What effects will your curse personally have on Buhari, your president? Pls follow due process, everything is solve-able

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