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(FLASH BACK) Alleged N3.3bn Fraud: Behold The Altercation That Allegedly Led To The Sack Of Justice Mojisola Olatoregun From Presiding Over Criminal Charge Against Former Ekiti Governor, Fayose

By Francis Iwuchukwu, Lagos 

Below is the altercation that ensued between Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria (formerly presiding over the criminal charge against the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose), and counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) which allegedly led to the removal of Justice Olatoregun from presiding over the case:

Justice Olatoregun: “Mr Jacobs, you dare not, you are not competent to look into my ruling, to evaluate my ruling, you are totally incompetent, whether you are a Senior Advocate or not.

Jacobs: “I was not referring to Your lordship’s ruling.

Justice Olatoregun: “You are going beyond your bounds. Do not let me trash your practice. Listen to me, if you reevaluate my rulings in this court, you”ll get into trouble.

Justice Olatoregun: “You can only go on appeal, Mr Jacobs. Your mode of advocacy, I do not understand it, it looks like what do they call it?…Jankara market.

“You stand here to reevaluate my ruling, you are incompetent to do that. You do not stand there with impetus and reevaluate my ruling. I have ruled, relying on two Sections of the Evidence Act, if you have an objection, you go on appeal. 

“You have no competence, carrying your wig with arogance and we have a lot of young lawyers here. What kind of thing are you teaching them? To stand up to a judge and reevaluate the ruling of a judge? It will not happen in my court. 

“You re-examine your witness; if you are not re-examining, then close your case.

Jacobs: “My Lord, I did not refer your lordship to your lordship’s ruling. I never said a word about your lordship’s ruling.

Justice Olatoregun: “I do not take tangential comments here. You are fond of doing that. You are an extremely rude senior advocate. If you are a senior advocate, you are not older than me at the Bar and you are not older than me in age. In Yoruba land, we respect age and in this job, we have what they call professional ethics and respect for each other.

Jacobs: “That is what I have offered my lord.

Justice Olatoregun: ”You have not offered it.

Jacobs: “But For my lord to say that I am Jankara practice lawyer…

Justice Olatoregun: “Yes, I am saying it, if we finish here, you can write a petition to the NJC.

Jacobs: “No court has ever told me I engage in Jankara practice. My Lord, I’ve been on this job for a while.

Justice Olatoregun: “I do not want to know.”

Jacobs: “No judge has ever called me a Jankara lawyer.

Justice Olatoregun: “How many years have you spent?”

Jacobs: “I take exception to that word, Jankara. No judge can tell me that I am involved in Jankara practice.

Justice Olatoregun: “Now, are you re-examining your witness?

Jacobs: “Yes, I am. But I take exception to that word, Jankara practice. I take full exception to it. I do my job according to my conscience; according to what God told me. I will never pervert the course of justice; I will never call any man to come here and lie against another person. I fear God. But for one to supress justice, I will fight against it till date, till end.”

JUSTICE MOJISOLA OLATOREGUN 

THE LETTER FROM THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT CHIEF JUDGE REMOVING THE CASE FROM JUSTICE MOJISOLA OLATOREGUN 

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