Vanguard for the Independence of the Judiciary (V4IJ) says claim made by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Southern, Nigeria on the financial autonomy of the state’s judiciary is false.
The Convener of V4IJ, Douglas Ogbankwa rebutted this claim in a statement at the state’s capital, Benin City.
Ogbankwa stated that the facts and evidence of the Matter are completely different from the statement of the Governor.
He therefore challenged “Obaseki to show account statements of the stated transactions that supports his unfounded statement that the Judiciary in the State is financial independent.”
The Legal Practitioner also called the governor to show Nigerians evidence of approvals, processing of same mandate and evidence of release of funds to the Edo Judiciary to either confirm his assertions or debunk same.
The Convener, however, urged the Governor to follow the template provided by Law and push for the Law currently pending in Edo State House of Assembly.
According to him, the Law, “provides for the financial and institutional framework for the implementation of Section 121 (3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ,1999 (As Amended ), by the 4th Alteration.”
He added that the Law will also enhance complete financial autonomy for the Judiciary.
Meanwhile, Ogbankwa said it has “sadly not even been accorded first reading by the Edo State House Assembly,for reasons that are clear to the blind.”