* To engage Malami, others over Dasuki, El-Zakzaky
ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja
The House of Representatives yesterday condemned the intentional refusal of the executive arm of government to obey court judgments,orders and the public admission of same by its officials.
The House noted that deliberate refusal to implement court judgements undermines the principle of separation of power threatens the nation’s democracy.
“Deliberate refusal to obey court order by the executive recipe for anarchy and a calculated attempt to foist an authoritarian government.”
The representatives made specific reference to the initial refusal to release leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu and the continued detention of former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Shia Muslim clergy, Sheikh El-Zakzaky after they had been granted bail.
According to a motion titled ‘Adverse Consequences of the Refusal of the Federal Government to Obey Court Judgements/Orders,’ sponsored by the member representing Gwer East/Gwer West federal constituency of Benue state, Hon. Mark Terseer Gbillah, there are plethora of judgments/orders that have been flagrantly disobeyed by the executive arm of government.
The House however madated it’s committee on judiciary to interface with the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammad, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Director-General of the Department of State Service, Lawal Daura, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, theNigerian Bar Association, and other stakeholders on the effects of disobedience of court judgments/orders.
Specifically, the committee is expected to determine the damage caused to the image of the nation and report back in six weeks for further legislative action.
“Over one hundred court judgments/orders are currently being disregarded by various state governments and also the increasing incidence of disobedience of court judgments/orders by private entities and individuals, apparently emboldened by similar actions of governments,” he stated.
Gbillah noted that President Muhammadu Buhari admitted to that the such refusal to obey the orders during Presidential Media chat of 30 December, 2015.
He quoted President Buhari to have stated that; “granting bail to the aforementioned bordered on ‘national security,’ the gravity of the offences and the likelihood of their jumping bail.”
According to him, the same position was, on 2 June, 2017, re-echoed by the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who stated that the Judiciary does not have the full picture of the gravity of the offences.
Gbilah insisted that the above positions were contrary to the avowal of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN), who had claimed in November 2015 tthatthere shall be no flouting of court orders by this new administration.
“The refusal of the executive arm government to obey court orders is an affront on the rule of law, a threat to the doctrine of separation of powers, a recipe for anarchy and a calculated attempt to foist an authoritarian government on Nigeria in a supposedly democratic dispensation,” he noted.