REDRESS FOR INJUSTICE: AN OPEN LETTER TO CHIEF JUSTICE OF NIGERIA, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, FEDERAL JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION
BY Osunde Douglas Eseosa
It is with a deep sense of injustice and urgent concern for the rule of law in Nigeria that we bring to the forefront and compelled to seek immediate rectification of a grave miscarriage of justice that not only undermines the ethical fabric of our esteemed legal institutions but also threatens the very principles upon which our society stands.
For over a decade, Mr. Paul Onyeme, a devoted family man and a diligent worker, has been ensnared in an unrelenting battle against an unfounded allegation of certificate forgery.
Despite irrefutable evidence presented by his alma mater, unequivocally confirming his attendance and successful graduation (Exhibit A), and further reinforced by the testimony of the school at multiple plenary hearings before the National Assembly of Nigeria (Exhibit B), the Federal Judicial Service Commission has inexplicably dismissed Mr. Onyeme from his position.
This decision, shockingly taken without providing any substantial grounds for his termination (Exhibit D), blatantly disregard not only the truth but also the sanctity of our legal processes.
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The National Assembly, after thorough deliberation and assessment of the facts, concluded that Mr. Onyeme’s dismissal was unwarranted and directed his reinstatement (Exhibit E).
Yet, in a disheartening display of defiance, the National Industrial Court, through the Federal Judicial Service Commission, has failed to heed this directive, culminating in a final notice of dismissal (Exhibit F).
This obstinate refusal to rectify a clear injustice speaks to a deeper, more systemic issue within our institutions, where individuals in positions of power, driven by personal agendas, can trample upon the lives of innocent citizens.
The plight of Mr. Onyeme is not merely a personal tragedy but a poignant emblem of the struggles faced by many in our society, where the whims of a few can irrevocably alter the course of a life.
This case transcends Mr. Onyeme and strikes at the heart of our collective morality and the integrity of our judicial system. It is a stark reminder that when justice is denied to one, it is denied to all.
In light of these circumstances, and having exhausted all administrative avenues, we are left with no choice but to issue an ultimatum. Should Mr. Paul Onyeme not be reinstated in accordance with the National Assembly’s directive, which ought to serve persuasive, we will be compelled to initiate legal action against the Federal Judicial Service Commission.
The grounds for this action will be the baseless and malicious practices that led to his dismissal, although cause of action is forgery according to Mr. Onyeme, and the intentional defamation of Mr. Onyeme’s character, and the infliction of emotional distress upon him and his family.
We stand at a critical juncture where our actions, or inactions, will speak volumes about the character of our legal institutions and the society we aspire to be. Let us choose the path of justice, fairness, and empathy.
God bless the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, and the National Assembly.
Osunde Douglas Eseosa is a Legal Consultant, Criminal Defense Advocate, and Corporate Law Lawyer.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) with Honors and a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Transnational Business Practice Law from the USA.
Additionally, he is a Barrister, Solicitor, and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria with a qualification in Barrister at Law (BL).