In a shocking revelation that has sent shockwaves through the corridors of justice, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Nyesom Wike, has issued a dramatic appeal to the judiciary.
His call? An urgent plea to address the rampant issuance of injunctions against the FCT Administration, particularly in cases involving land racketeering and other matters.
Wike’s impassioned plea came during an extraordinary meeting with a high-ranking delegation from the FCT Judiciary, led by none other than the esteemed FCT Chief Judge, Justice Husseini Yusuf.
The stage for this dramatic appeal was the minister’s office in Abuja, where the nation’s capital itself has become the battleground for a battle of epic proportions.
In a chilling account of the mayhem happening within the FCT, Wike bemoaned the rampant misconduct, occasionally in cahoots with FCT Administration personnel. He dramatically claimed that judges themselves were contributing to the chaos with their reckless issuance of injunctions.
The minister painted a grim picture of the situation, declaring that the land racketeering nightmare in the FCT had spiraled out of control. In a desperate plea, he implored the chief judge to rise to the occasion and address this growing menace.
With urgency in his voice, Wike revealed the unsettling reality: “You see injunction here, injunction there, injunction in the next two minutes; injunction in the next five minutes; injunction in 30 minutes; it is unprecedented.
Some of them even go outside to Kuje. We want to bring this to your attention so that you can look into it. That is not the best.”
As the gravity of the situation hung heavy in the air, the minister showered praise upon the Chief Judge for maintaining stability within the FCT Judiciary.
He underlined the importance of fostering a harmonious relationship between the FCTA and the judiciary and pledged to enhance judges’ welfare, particularly in the realm of accommodation.
Wike, ever the dramatic orator, pointed out the significance of providing judges with a conducive environment to carry out their duty as guardians of justice, particularly in the fight against corruption.
Justice Yusuf, in a response that carried the weight of a legal blockbuster, assured the minister that he would tackle the problem of indiscriminate injunctions head-on.
He emphasized that the judiciary was an integral part of the government, and its actions should bolster the government’s effectiveness.
The chief judge divulged a strategic move: “I have issued a directive to the judges in charge of my judicial division, that all cases involving FCT will be assigned by the Chief Judge.
Even where such cases are filed within the division, they are returned to the Chief Judge so that I can assign them.”
This bold step, he explained, would enable him to closely monitor these cases.
Justice Yusuf concluded with a promise that reverberated with the weight of a legal epic: “I want to assure that the era of that kind of mistakes is gone; I want to assure you once more that we will do our best within the ambit of the law to ensure you succeed.”
In this high-stakes showdown between the FCT Administration and the judiciary, the nation watches with bated breath, eager to see who will emerge victorious in the battle for justice.