…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
Senator Bulkachuwa’s alleged confession about influencing his wife, Justice Zainab, while she served as President of the Court of Appeal, has sparked criticism from various quarters.
Professor Chidi Odinkalu Questions the Magnitude of the Confession
Notably, human rights activist and lawyer, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, expressed his concerns regarding Senator Bulkachuwa’s confession.
He stated that if the allegations are true, the issue extends beyond a mere scandal. Odinkalu emphasized the importance of understanding the details and magnitude of what transpired.
Calls for Probe and Prosecution Amidst Heavy Criticism
During the valedictory session of the 9th Senate, Senator Bulkachuwa, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), admitted to infringing on the “freedom and independence” of his wife as a judicial officer.
This revelation has led to strong backlash, with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) demanding an investigation and potential prosecution of the senator, who represented Bauchi North senatorial district.
Odinkalu Questions National Judicial Council’s Response
In response to the alleged confession, Professor Chidi Odinkalu criticized the National Judicial Council (NJC) for its handling of the matter.
He highlighted that despite the gravity of the situation, the NJC remained silent during their recent meeting.
Odinkalu expressed his disappointment, calling for a more robust response from the judicial body.
NBA President’s Statement Draws Controversy
Professor Odinkalu also reacted to the statement made by NBA President, Yakubu Maikyau, who expressed concern about the negative impact of the confession on the judiciary’s integrity and independence.
Odinkalu deemed the NBA chairman’s response scandalous, arguing that he lacked the authority to speak on behalf of the NJC.
He emphasized the need for clarity regarding Senator Bulkachuwa’s actions and the specific condemnation from the NJC.
Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa finds himself embroiled in controversy following his alleged confession about influencing his wife’s decisions while she held a judicial position.
With critics, including human rights activist Professor Chidi Odinkalu, demanding transparency, a thorough investigation, and appropriate legal action, the situation continues to draw attention and raise concerns about the integrity of the judiciary.
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