Friday, July 22, 2016

Nigerian Bar Association president says Darboe's prison sentence is "troubling and disturbing".

Nigerian Bar Association president

Justice Eunice O. Dada, the Nigerian mercenary judge who sentenced Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, the leader of Gambia's largest opposition political party to a 3-year prison term together with eighteen members of his party executive is becoming a focus of international attention as well Mr. Augustine Alegeh, president of the Nigerian Bar Association NBA.

In a Radio France International interview, the head of the Nigerian Bar Association said while unsure if Justice Eunice Dada was under Nigeria Federal Government Technical Assistance program or direct hire by the regime,  Nigeria is a traditional development partner and has supplied Gambia with Supreme Court judges in the past.

While considering the decision to send the main opposition leader to jail in an election year to be "disturbing", he has asked a colleague in Banjul for a certified copy of Judge Dada's decision before giving a definitive response to the decision.

The president of the Nigerian Bar said he finds it "curious and strange"for Justice Dada to have taken on the job of judge in a highly political case involving leader of the main opposition party in an election year, especially after another Nigerian judge, Justice Ottaba secured himself from the case for discussing the details of the case during an online radio interview.