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The Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, has been petitioned over what has been termed “Abuse of Judicial Office, Pronouncement/Delivery of Judgment over Matters Already Decided and Subject of Appeal in Appeal Nos. Ca/E/155/2021, Ca/E/156/2021 by A Lower Court, The Use Of Brute Power/Arm-Twisting Of Justice I. N Buba And The EFCC By Engr. Prince Arthur Eze against Princes Olisa And Onyeka Eze”.
Also making a “Plea/Save Our Souls (SOS) For Judicial Protection Of their (Princes Olisa And Onyeka Eze) Families’ Properties In Enugu And Beyond”, their counsel, Uche Chukwuma, Esq., reiterated that the “unholy actions of Prince Engr. Arthur Eze with the EFCC and Justice I. N Buba perceived as pawns in his hand, undermine the trust and confidence in the judiciary and continue to agitate and echo in the minds of the public.”
Giving a summary of the cases/matters in his petition to the Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, Barrister Uche Chukwuma pointed out that Prince Engr. Arthur Eze, on, or about the 11th November 2020, using the instrumentality of the law, had Prince Olisaebuka Okwuchukwu Eze and Prince Onyeka Nnadozie Eze, incarcerated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) till January “after the said Prince Engr. Arthur Eze has boasted that not even the courts can save them from what he can do to them.”
Explaining further in the petition, Barrister Chukwuma declared that “It is important to state that since the incarceration of PRINCE OLISAEBUKA OKWUCHUKWU EZE and PRINCE ONYEKA NNADOZIE EZE, the following cases and appeals have been filed by either of the parties;
- FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA V. EZE ONYEKA NNADOZIE, EZE OLISAEBUKA OKWUCHUKWU & 3 ORS. FHC/ABJ/CR/317/2020
- ONYEKA NNADOZIE EZE & ANOR. FHC/EN/CS/84/2021
- 6. PRINCE ONYEKA NNADOZIE EZE & ANOR. V. EFCC & ANOR. FCT/HC/M/12892/2020
- EFCC V. PRINCE ONYEKA NNADOZIE EZE & 2 ORS CA/A/2021
- EFCC V. PRINCE OLISAEBUKA OKWUCHUKWU EZE & 2 ORS CA/A/2021
Barrister Chukwuma stating further in his petition to the Chief Justice of the Federation, maintained that “to circumvent the realisation of these judgments, Prince Engr. Arthur Eze, in connivance/unholy alliance with some judiciary officers in Enugu Federal High Court, Enugu, despite the fact that judgments have been procured on the same subject matter in the FCT HIGH COURT, hurriedly instituted the following cases in 2021:
EFCC V. ONYEKA NNADOZIE EZE & ANOR. FHC/EN/CS/84/2021 and ONYEKA NNADOZIE EZE & ANOR V. EFCC CA/EN/156/2021 wherein JUSTICE I. N BUBA granted an ORDER FOR FORFEITURE on Princes Olisa And Onyeka Eze’s properties located in ENUGU now the subject of Appeal in the appeal cases in EFCC V. OLISAEBUKA OKWUCHUKWU EZE & ANOR. FHC/EN/CS/83/2021, OLISAEBUKA OKWUCHUKWU EZE & ANOR V. EFCC CA/EN/155/2021
Seeking the esteemed intervention of The Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria as a SAVE OUR SOUL plea, Barrister Chukwuma asserted that “The way and manner Justice I. N. BUBA granted the said forfeiture order still leave his Clients in utter disbelief,” stating that being mindful of their constitutional rights, an Appeal against the forfeiture of their properties in Enugu has already been exercised. Finally, the petitioning lawyer informed Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad that “it is a notorious fact, especially for those who are closer to Arthur Eze; that Justice I. N Buba is a VERY CLOSE AND GOOD FRIEND of PRINCE ENGR. ARTHUR EZE who occasionally pays FRIENDLY VISITS to the revered UKPO HIGH PRINCE.” For instance, the Judge’s email request to pay visit to him on the 11/08/2020 is one of these indicators to this fact.
According to Barrister Chukwuma, the email request by Justice I. N Buba to Prince Arthur Eze which has been made available to the media, is a serious ethical issue that requires investigation.
The petition to the CJ is unarguably the climax of Prince Arthur Eze and his nephews’ family feud that began last year when Princes Olisaebuka Eze and Onyeka Eze, were arrested by the officials of the EFCC on Wednesday, November, 11, 2020 as a result of a personal letter Prince Arthur Eze wrote to the then Acting chairman of the anti-graft body on November 6, 2020; alleging breach of trust by them against him and his company’s money without any evident.
Based on the trumped up allegation, they (Princes Olisaebuka Eze and Onyeka Eze) were in the EFCC custody for more than two months on trumped up charges of embezzlement which were never proven in any court of law in Nigeria and in flagrant disregard of an Abuja High Court presided over by Justice S.B Belgore, on Friday, December 11, ordering immediate release of the two nephews of Arthur Eze.
As it will be recalled, giving the Enrolment Order “In the matter of application for redress by the applicants for infringement of their fundamental human rights”, between Prince Olisa Eze and Onyeka Eze and EFCC and Prince Arthur Eze, Justice S.B Belgore also ordered immediate unfreezing of all the Applicants’ (Princes Olisaebuka Eze and Onyeka Eze’s) bank accounts. In the scanned photo copies of the Order served on EFCC and Prince Arthur Eze and made available to the media, the Order for their immediate release from EFCC custody and unfreezing of their accounts, was based on the Motion which was filled by Anthony O. Okpalah, Esq. with Motion Number M12891/2020 and dated 9th December 2020, in the High Court of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Apo, Abuja.
Eventually in the ensuing legal battle for courts to right the wrong of injustice against Princes Olisaebuka Eze’s illegal detention and that of his brother, Prince Onyeka Eze, the Abuja High Court also presided over by Hon. Justice S. B. Belgore awarded Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000) against EFCC and Prince Arthur Eze “jointly and severally being exemplary damages for flagrant and oppressive contravention of Prince Olisa Eze’s fundamental human rights.”
Delivering his judgment on June 23, 2021, Justice Belgore based his verdict on “an Originating Motion number M/1289/2020, dated 9/12/20,” which was filed on the same day by Prince Olisa Okwuchukwu Eze and Mrs. Amarachi Chinonso Eze (applicants), suing Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, and Prince (Engr.) Arthur Eze for violation of their fundamental human rights. Also in his judgment, Justice Belgore ordered EFCC to unfreeze the bank accounts of Prince Olisa Eze with Ecobank, Fidelity Bank Ltd and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. In the same way, the court granted “an order of injunction restraining both EFCC and Prince Arthur Eze from deploying the anti-graft Agency to infringe, howsoever, on the fundamental human rights of Prince Olisa Eze to “fair hearing, freedom of movement, right to privacy/family, right to personal liberty and freedom from compulsory acquisition of property on the account of Prince Arthur Eze’s fabled suspicion of misappropriation of funds.”
Likewise, Justice Belgore gave an order “compelling both EFCC and Prince Arthur Eze to immediately release to Olisa Eze his International Passport and personal chantel, including phones, laptops and jewelries”. The court therefore awarded the “Sum of N10,000,000 (Ten Million Naira) against EFCC and Prince Arthur Eze jointly and severally being exemplary damages for flagrant and oppressive contravention of fundamental human rights of Mrs. Amarachi Chinonso Eze, Prince Olisa Eze’s wife.
In a similar dimension, Prince Onyeka Eze, secured another judgment against EFCC and Prince Arthur Eze on the flagrant violation of his fundamental human rights. On Monday, September 20, 2021, the legal battle between Prince Onyeka Nnadozie Eze, Prince Arthur Eze and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, came to a climax with a judgment equally delivered by Hon. Justice Suleiman B. Belgore at a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
In the SUIT NO: FCT/HC/CM/12892/2020, dated 20-09-2021, eleven out of the 12 reliefs sought by Prince Onyeka Eze against violation of his fundamental human rights by EFCC in connivance with his uncle, Prince Arthur Eze, were granted and N10 million was also awarded in his favour as compensation.
In all of these, apart from their release from EFCC’s illegal detention, all the Court Orders and judgments were blatantly disregarded by the EFCC and Prince Arthur Eze. To worsen EFCC and Arthur Ezes’s obvious disregard and disdain for law, lawful court orders and judgments, Prince Arthur Eze rechanneled his efforts at making life uncomfortable for his younger nephews to Enugu with the connivance of some elements in the State’s Command of the Nigeria Police. This was epitomized by a petition to Inspector General of Police by Mrs. Amarachi Eze, wife of Prince Olisa Eze, seeking for police protection for her family and Prince Onyeka Eze’s family.
In this petition signed by Mrs. Eze, she alleged connivance between Prince Arthur Eze and some police officers in Enugu for “impunity, brute use of power, abuse of office, criminal intimidation and conspiracy; acts capable of breaching/rupturing of public peace and unlawful cum criminal trespass on their private properties by the police officers.” As she petitioned, her husband’s houses at No. 9a/9b, S.G. Ugwuanyi Crescent, Phase 1 and No. 174, Ukpata Crescent, Phase 1; Golf Estate Enugu, were unlawfully invaded on the 3rd and 11th of January 2021 by Prince Eze’s hatchet policemen. As also alleged in the petition, her husband’s younger brother’s properties at No. 1, Victor Nwodo Close, GRA Enugu, No. 22 Uduma Street, New Haven, Enugu and at No. 3, St. Felix Avenue, Trans Ekulu, Enugu, respectively, were not spared in the assault.
Similarly, Prince Arthur Eze’s unprovoked and unjustifiable persecution against his nephews was intimidation of his (Arthur Eze’s) two account officers in an Enugu branch of Fidelity Bank to implicate Prince Olisa Eze on a 250, 000 thousand dollar Cheque earlier duly authorized by him (Arthur Eze) and given to him (Prince Olisa Eze) to give the oil moguls’ (Arthur Eze’s) business partners in Equatorial Guinea before their apparently instigated ordeal in the hand of EFCC operatives in November last year. As it turned out, because these bank officers refused Arthur Eze’s overtures to implicate his nephew, they were invited to EFCC headquarters in Abuja twice for interrogations earlier in the year.
Obviously as a ploy to circumvent the legal process going on in Abuja which he couldn’t influence and to further make life unbearable for Prince Olisa Eze and my family and family of his brother, Prince Arthur Eze changed his plan with obvious collusion with Mr. Justice I.N Buba of an Enugu Federal High Court.
As evidenced in mail Justice I.N Buba sent to Prince Arthur Eze on September 20, 2020 which is already sent to the media, Justice Buba has not only being his ally, but a willing tool in the judicial drama climaxed in judicial process superintended by him that produced what has been alleged to be “Cash and Carry” order of final forfeiture of multi-million Naira properties belonging to Prince Olisa Eze, his brother, Prince Onyeka Eze, on 14th of October 2021 in Enugu to which an Appeal has been exercised by both Princes Olisaebuka Eze and Onyeka Eze./SHARE THIS