A judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Ahmed Mohammed, has revealed why he withdrew from the case of RevolutionNow convener Omoyele Sowore.
According to Justice Muhammed, his decision is based on an allegation that he received a bribe in a certain matter by Sahara Reporters, an online platform owned by the defendant.
“When the registrar called me and said this file was assigned to me and she named the parties, I asked if the chief judge was around but he already travelled for Christmas,” he said.
“My conscience is telling me I should not take the matter but subject to what you would say or think.
“My ground is nothing other than the applicant is the publisher of Sahara Reporters. Sometime in 2016, the same outlet accused me of taking money in a matter to compromise the cause of justice and I returned the case file to the then CJ.
According to Mohammed, the case file was later returned to him after the intervention of Rotimi Jacobs and J.B Daudu, both senior advocates of Nigeria (SAN) involved in the matter.
However, the judge said the accusation came up again in June 2019
“Again, this year, around June, the same paper accused me of taking money in the same case. so, I had to hands off again and it was reassigned to Honourable Justice Abang,” he said.
“The case may go either way. It may succeed, it may fail. If my orders are not favourable to him, it would be seen as vengeful, or, while proceedings are ongoing, applicants will be apprehensive about what judgment I would give.”
The judge made known his decision at the hearing of Sowore’s application for the enforcement of his rights on Monday.