The booing of Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN at the Gani Fawehimi memorial program: A slap on the ‘common man’. Being a press release by the EFP, 17th January, 2018
People should know by elementary appreciation of the law, a man is presumed innocent until proven and found guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.
In our opinion, the concept of a ‘common man’ is ensconced in the doctrine of a fair hearing. The perceived judgment by a cross-section of some mentally jaundiced person’s, owing to the professional legal service by our esteemed son and brother (Chief Dr Mike Ozekhome SAN) for the former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, his wife and others accused of corruption doesn’t amount to aiding and abetting corruption. In these cases, the accused persons as being prosecuted by the Federal Government are ‘common man’ until they are proven guilty by a competent court of jurisdiction. Our dear son has not been indicted or proven of aiding the twisting of cases at any court, what then are his sins. In any case, he has won numerous landmark judgments where anti-graft agencies were ordered to pay compensation to Nigerians citizens for illegal detention and brutal arrests. If these fundamental locus classicos amount to injustice in the opinion of those who hired some street urchins masquerading as students to boo Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN, it means they have no eyes to envision a better society for Nigerians. Let’s place on record, that we will continue to examine the brains behind this assault, even as we suspect that some anti-Edo legal icons are behind this, we pray it doesn’t degenerate to mutual ethnic suspicion.
We condemn in the strongest term the mobilization of self-acclaimed students to unjustly undermine our beloved brother. This must stop as we believe, beneath this is a devious gospel of envy and jealousy by non – South southerners wishing downfall for him. As we believe those wishing him downfall should remember nothing last forever.
Certainly, God shall arise on his behalf, and everyone plotting against him shall fall flat.
Aiyamenkhue Edokpolo, Chairman, Interim Management Committee
17th January, 2018