CAN JUSTICE DELAYED BE JUSTICE DENIED

 

Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court Lagos on the 23rd of June 2015 affirmed the validity of another court’s judgement restraining the extradition process of Senator Buriji Kashumu representing Ogun East senatorial district to the United States to face drug charges and also ruled on the contempt application filed by Senator Kashumu.

Though Justice Buba considered it unnecessary to rule on the contempt application as another judge, Justice Abang had ruled on a similar application, he however enjoined both the Attorney General of the federation and the NDLEA to obey the order of the court and await the determination of the appeal. An extract of the proceedings can be found in Guardian newspaper dated 24th June 2015; http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/06/court-affirms-judgment-halting-kashamus-extradition/ .

So Senator Buruji Kashumu can breathe a sigh of relief for now and await the outcome of the appeal. But has the judicial process been used to merely delay justice in the fight against corruption or deny justice?

Contributed by Uchechi Dibiaezue

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2 thoughts on “CAN JUSTICE DELAYED BE JUSTICE DENIED

  1. There is no doubt the appeal process has become a regular tool for delay and frustration of criminal cases. Yet the appeal process has its merits and place in our justice systems. What has become a torn is the interlocutory appeals in our environment since they impose such long and unjustifiable delays. There are ten years or more criminal cases pending for the same reason. sometimes minor interlocutory decisions travel all the way to the supreme court and back before a hearing on the merit can be held,ie if the parties and witnesses are still living. Accused persons and their lawyers who fear possible conviction deliberately use the process to wait out the lifespan of witnesses, complainants or doggedness of the prosecution. No war on corruption can be won in Nigeria without resolving this issue. Lawyers and Judges are equally to blame

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  2. I agree with this thought. I think it is time the Nigerian Bar Association call upon its members to desist from using interlocutory appeals to delay and frustrate the hearing of substantive issues before our courts.

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