JUSTICE MINISTER ACCUSED OF THREAT TO LIFE

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The National Secretary of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Isaiah Adetola has accused the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Bello Adoke of plotting to kill him following his refusal to back the minister’s plan to scuttle the forthcoming election.

Adetola levelled the allegation against Adoke in a statement made available to OrijoReporter.

He said the minister proposed to JUSUN whose members are currently on strike to call it off so that some political jobbers would go to court to stop the general election scheduled for February.

Adetola said the minister promised the union massive inducements if his bidding was done.

However, the JUSUN Secretary alleged that his refusal to accede to the minister’s proposal has caused disaffection between them, adding that he lives daily under threat of attack.

The full text:

“I am the National Secretary of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN). I am constrained to issue this statement and to say that I will not support the use of JUSUN as a political tool for politicians or to be used by Federal Government a second time.

At the first instance, the Attorney General of the Federation, Hon. Bello Adoki came to the Union to appeal that we should go on strike so we can prevent the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court from pronouncing on the eligibility of Mr. President to run the election in 2015 and to also shutout politicians, who may be dissatisfied with the outcome of the PDP primaries and might want to initiate pre-election suit. I opposed the idea, but because of the volume of resources the AG mobilized for the state chapters, including Abuja and the National Secretariat, I was shutdown by members.

Accordingly, they crafted a reason for JUSUN which they gave as the alleged refusal of the Executive Arm of Government at the Federal and State levels to comply with the January 13, 2014 judgment delivered by Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court and we adopted. Today the courts are closed.

Now the Attorney General wants JUSUN to call off the strike because they want some persons to go to Court to stop the 2015 General Election that is scheduled for next month. I have opposed this just as I did for the strike, but this time around they are willing to provide JUSUN even double the first amount. My colleagues are excited and expectant.

I couldn’t have cared less of the their money, however, I am constrain to bring these facts to the PUBLIC DOMAIN because my life is now under threat. I have received several anonymous calls threatening to kill me should I continue to refuse to sign for the reopening of the courts.

Let me use this medium to reassure members of JUSUN that I shall not yield to such threat. It is not in the interest of the Nation.

Please, may I also use this medium to also notify Nigerians that should anything happen to me, they should know which direction to look at.

Long live JUSUN

long live Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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