You're Treating Judges Badly in Your State, Presidency Slams Nigerian Governor

You're Treating Judges Badly in Your State, Presidency Slams Nigerian Governor

  • Governor Nyesom Wike has been called out by the presidency for reportedly treating the judiciary in his state badly
  • The allegation was made by Senator Ita Enang, President Buhari's senior special adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, on Sunday, November 21
  • Enang also slammed other governors who have refused to release funds to the judiciary in their states to effect their autonomy

On behalf of state judiciaries across Nigeria, the presidency has cried out over their poor treatment by governors.

In a Channels TV interview, Senator Ita Enang, the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, lamented that many states are yet to release funds to the judicial arms.

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The presidency said the judiciary in Rivers is treated very badly (Photo: Aso Rock Villa)
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Enang noted that this is contrary to the directive of the president who called for judicial autonomy earlier in his second administration.

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Specifically, he said the Rivers government, though deserving of commendation for its contribution to the Federal High Court and law school in the state, has done very badly in terms of treatment of the judiciary.

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His words:

“We thank His Excellency Governor Wike for what he has done for the federal high court, for what he has done for the Nigerian Law School, for anything he has done for any other federal arm of government but Rivers state has done very badly in terms of treatment of the judiciary of Rivers state.”

Enang went on to state that Governor Nyesom Wike and his colleagues in other states should release "the money of the judiciary to the judiciary; to be used by the judiciary on the judiciary and to be accounted for by the judiciary.”

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Meanwhile, Wike had cleared the air concerning the Value Added Tax (VAT) collection issue between the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and some states.

Wike said his state was not at war with the federal government or any of its agencies.

The governor made the clarification following insinuations in some quarters about hostility between the two tiers of government in the wake of the legal dispute over who was authorised to collect VAT in the state.


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