The day was Friday, November 10, 1995! It was a black Friday in Ogoni land and in Nigeria among good men.
It took five attempts to hang Ken Saro-Wiwa before the Nigerian writer spoke his last words and his body went limp. “Lord take my soul, but the struggle continues,” were his last words that Friday morning, blindfolded and dangling from a rope. And he died!
“In my innocence of the false charges I face Here, in my utter conviction, I call upon the Ogoni people, the peoples of the Niger delta and the oppressed ethnic minorities of Nigeria to stand up now and fight fearlessly and peacefully for their rights. History is on their side. God is on their side. For the Holy Quran says in Sura 42, verse 41: ‘All those that fight when oppressed incur no guilt, but Allah shall punish the oppressor’. The day cometh.” Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa, looking into the two eyes of Justice Auta, sitting on some filthy bench up there, wielding the transient powers of life and death, uttered these prophetic words before being led away from court/tribunal room, into his death by hanging after Justice Ibrahim Auta pronounced him and his Ogoni compatriots guilty as charged, of framed-up charges.
Justice Ibrahim Auta, the judge who was handpicked by the Abacha regime to head the kangaroo tribunal that sentenced renowned environmentalis￼ts and minority rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and his eight compatriots to death by hanging, today is the same Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, who is now facing corruption mess in the hands of the DSS.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja, in whose home over $550,000 was allegedly found during the raid, has reportedly confessed to a deal between him and Justice Ibrahim Auta, the Chief Justice of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, by which $300,000 of the physical cash found in his bedroom was to have been shared between the two men.
The said Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja, had reportedly confessed that the bribery for Justice Ibrahim Auta, the Chief Justice of the Federal High Court is that several High Court judges are assigned lucrative cases by the CJ, who then requests them to collect the bribes in dollars and transfer to him physically at home.
He revealed that the CJ has received monies from him several times after matching him with high profile cases that are then settled in favour of the highest bidders.
Now it is clear that Saro Wiwa’s death sentence was a product of corruption in the judiciary. Meaning that without corrupt judges, Saro-Wiwa and much more would still have been alive today. Ah! We must kill this monster, corruption in the bench; it has killed many innocent souls.
A corrupt judge is a killer, a murderer, an assassin without bullet; sometimes he murders justice, sometimes he murders men.
A great lesson here is that if falsehood has travelled for twenty years, within one day the truth will catch up with it. Justice Ibrahim Auta after sentencing Saro-Wiwa to death has been rising rapidly in his career and he became the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Nigeria and now the pandora box split opened. Evil doer might rise in his evil doing but the day Nemesis arrives his doorstep, his fall shall be concluded speedily!
Saro-Wiwa rests in peace but his killers shall never find peace!
It’s justice time for the unjust Justices and the nemesis has just arrived Nigeria!