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July 31, 2003

Ige: Another Judge Withdraws
Another high court judge yesterday withdrew from further participation in the on-going trial of Senator Iyiola Omisore, former deputy governor of Osun State now standing trial for conspiracy and murder of former Justice Minister and Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige. Mr. Justice Mashood A. Abass who only last week took over the case from the former trial judge, Mr. Justice John Olagoke Ige,said he cannot adjudicate on the case due to the "untold pressure... from unexpected quarters" in addition to threat to his personal life. Omisore, who the judge last week ordered remanded in prison will, however, remain in jail. Justice Abass became the third trial judge - after Ige and Justice Atilade Ojo - to withdraw from the trial of Omisore on various grounds. Justice Abass is, however, the only one to attribute his withdrawal to external pressure, which he said cannot make him "with all conscience and every sense of responsibility continue to adjudicate on the matter". He said for him to continue with the trial it would be tantamount to "launching a serious assault on the 120-word oath of office I took as a judicial officer". "To continue with the case will also be a breach of the solemn pledge I made when I became a judge i.e to administer justice without fear or favour and without ill-will or affection", he added. (This Day)

 

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