Adegboruwa SAN, blasts Buhari’s minister for calling a serving Judge “harlot”

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Barr. Adegboruwa, SAN

Human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa SAN, has condemned in strong terms the act of the Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr Timipre Silva, for describing Justice Ekwo of the federal high court, as a “bad egg” and a “harlot”.

In a statement made available to BarristerNG Mr. Adegboruwa noted that the minister was neither a party to the case pending before the court nor a lawyer to the parties.

The Senior Advocate said “Just tonight, on prime time television (Channels) programme monitored by me in Lagos, the Hon Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr Timipre Silva, described a sitting judge of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa Division, Hon Justice Ekwo as a “bad egg that deserves to be flushed out of the judiciary”.

“I have read earlier in the day that on another radio programme, he variously described her as a “harlot”.”

The Senior Advocate noted that it is uncouth and undignified for a serving Minister to descend so low in employing gutter language and urged the Nigerian Bar Association to charge him for Criminal contempt.

“Mr Timipre Silva is not a party to the case pending before the court and he is not a lawyer to any of the parties. Even at that, it is uncouth and undignified for a serving Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to descend so low in employing gutter language against a sitting judge”, he said.

“It is the greatest act of contempt against the authority and integrity of the judiciary for a citizen to describe a judicial officer as a bad egg or a harlot, all because a judgment was delivered by the said judge which is considered unfavorable and for which an appeal has already been filed.

“We cannot sit by and watch this flagrant desecration of the temple of justice by people who should serve as role models for others.

“I therefore urge the Nigerian Bar Association, the National Judicial Council and the Hon Chief Justice of Nigeria, to proceed against Mr Timipriye Silva urgently, until such a time that he is able to purge himself of the contempt brazenly committed against His Lordship, in the due exercise of a judicial function,” he concluded.

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