Access to Justice Condemns the Outrageous Affront on Justice John Adeyeye of Ekiti State Judiciary and Calls for the Prosecution of Culprits

On Thursday September 25, 2014 Justice John Adeyeye, Judge of the Ekiti High Court was reportedly beaten up by alleged political associates of Ekiti State Governor elect, Mr. Ayo Fayose. The attackers of Justice Adeyeye reportedly physically assaulted him and tore his clothes, and he was thereafter hospitalized.

This is coming barely three days after another attack on another court presided over by Justice Isaac Ogunyemi after he delivered a ruling assuming jurisdiction to try a case involving the Governor elect, which angered his supporters.   
 
Access to Justice condemns this unbridled affront on the person of Hon. Justice John Adeyeye. The attack is shameful, vile, barbaric and grossly contemptuous of the person of Justice Adeyeye and the authority he exercises as a Judge. It is a brutal attack on the administration of justice and the integrity of the justice system in Nigeria. It undermines the independence of the Judiciary and the duty of Judges to decide disputes without fear or molestation.
 
This attack on Judges and the administration of justice must be repressed and repelled with all the power and authority of the State. Those responsible must be brought to book so that this impunity is not allowed to flourish.

Access to Justice decries the persisting desecration of the institutions of justice in Ekiti State. These acts gravely undermine the rule of law, independence of the judiciary and constitutional democracy. We urge the leadership of the judiciary to guard against future occurrences. We also call on the leadership of the Nigerian Police to secure the lives and integrity of judicial officers, especially when political cases are being adjudicated upon.

A2Justice calls for the immediate prosecution of all those who were involved in this sordid act of assaulting Hon. Justice John Adeyeye.

Chinelo Chinweze
For: Access to Justice