The Nigerian Bar Association, on Monday, asked the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission to immediately invite and prosecute Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa over the latter’s “admissions” at the floor of the Senate on June 12, 2023.
Bulkachuwa, who was the Senator representing Bauchi South in the Ninth National Assembly, had during the valedictory session said that he influenced judicial decisions in favour of some senators while his wife, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, was President of the Court of Appeal.
The senator had said, “My wife, whose freedom and independence I encroached upon while (she) was in office, and she has been very tolerant and accepted my encroachment and extended her help to my colleagues.”
Reacting after the 102nd meeting of the National Judicial Council on Wednesday, the NBA President, Yakubu Maikyau, in a statement, noted that Senator Bulkachuwa’s statement made him liable to be investigated and prosecuted even on his admission.
He said his comments came with a huge negative impact on the integrity and independence of the judiciary.
“My attention was drawn to a viral video clip on social media, of the comments made by Senator Bulkachuwa on the floor of the Senate on Monday, June 12, 2023, at the valedictory session of the Senate of the ninth Assembly, before he was interrupted and stopped by the then Senate President Ahmed Lawan.
“Senator Bulkachuwa, in his remarks, amongst other things, referred to ‘confidential dealings’ he had had with some of his colleagues in the Senate, and went on to say: ‘I look at faces in this chamber whom have come to me and sought for my help when my wife was the President of the Court of Appeal, and I’m sure…’
According to the NBA President, if the Senate President had not interrupted Senator Bulkachuwa, he would have made more vital/useful revelations that would have provided specific details of the “confidential dealings of one sort or the other” he allegedly had with some of his colleagues in which according to him, ‘I did my best and in most cases, I succeeded.’
“The statements were clearly admissions by the Senator, that he did attempt to, and/or actually perverted the course of justice/interfered with due administration of justice, which makes him liable to be investigated and prosecuted even on his admission,” he added.
Describing Senator Bulkachuwa’s comments as “disgusting and despicable conduct,” Maikyau went further to state, “It is in this regard that I call on the Inspector General of Police and the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, to immediately invite Senator Bulkachuwa for interrogation and proceed to prosecute him accordingly.
“I shall write a letter to both the IGP and the ICPC Chairman in this respect.”