21st February, 2011
Following the N50 million bribery allegation against Justice Jonathan Shakarho of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, the embattled judge today adjourned indefinitely, the contempt charge and substantive suit brought against Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State.
He took the decision as he awaits the decision of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Alloysius Katsina-Alu, on the matter.
This is coming on the heels of a petition written by the 35th applicant, Mr. Yekinni Atoyebi to the Chief Justice of Nigeria alleging that Justice Shakarho vacated the interim injunction he granted the applicants in exchange for N50 million.
At the resumed sitting today, Justice Shakarho refused to go on with the case, saying â€œno aspect of the case is going on. It appears that no aspect of the suit is going on. We canâ€™t go on with the case by the undoing of some of the plaintiffs. I am leaving the case as it is. When there is a directive from my chief judge, we will go onâ€.
Justice Shakarho also stated in the open court that he had no interest in the matter while lamenting that the allegations in the petition were frivolous and unfounded.
â€œWhere is Yekinni Atoyebi, he is not in the court today and he always comes. Even the comrade, Akeredolu did not come. This is what he wrote against me. Once one person writes against me, we cannot go on. He said in his last paragraph that,’in my view it is clear we cannot obtain justice before Shakarho. I want another judge to hear the matter’. Can I in the face of this go further in this matter? This case is adjourned sine die. â€˜Case yi o ti ba jeâ€™. They shot themselves on the leg. It is their own case, if they want to put block on it, â€˜kilo kan mi ni beâ€, he stated.