…occasionally, even the Law gets wet!
Yea; its knotty business and Lawyers are a stiff crowd. But on this spot the ties droop a notch and the starch comes off the collars to allow some hilarity seep in. This weekly buffet will be freely served and the bar is all set with the right spirits. WARNING: Any minute, we may suddenly disappear from your screen without notice, locked up “at milord’s pleasure” for Contempt.
No doubts I
am not the only one who ever thought Farouk and his Integrity Group were rather
insufferably self-righteous. My view was not helped by the measured, deliberate
gait and knowing smirk that always plays around the diminutive Rep’s lips. So, ordinarily,
I should laugh and scoff at another reminder that in the “fallible realm”, we
are all casualties (apologies JP Clark). But I’m not laughing. I am merely shaking my
head at the absolute lack of subtlety employed in a bid to bury yet another
revealing Report. The intended logic is crisp: no noble end can be achieved through a flawed process. And typical
of Nigerians, we are already falling over ourselves in condemnation and
counter-positioning; relegating the very grave implications of the ‘subsidy
fraud’ to the trenches. A chess-man’s master-stroke, this: play the far Rook in for the king. However this ends, I will not be bothered
anymore. But we should take home a lesson to guide future Probes. A temporary
cloak of immunity should be vested on every quasi-judicial panel, to curtail
distracting allegations, true or not, at least for the duration of their
assignments. If all the judges in the
country routinely answer imputations to their character, we will not move a step
forward in justice delivery. And the Probe Report should stand as it is, on the
facts available. Let every indicted party escape on the strength of his evidence,
not on the morals of the arbiter. I rest.
& the 4-tier National Cake
of what his adversaries say, I think the affable Imo state leader is
interestingly progressive. He doesn’t just think outside the box, he thinks
beyond the room as well. How else can you describe his dynamic
interpretation of “growth in governance” expressed by birthing a younger
sibling for the much maligned 3rd tier of government. He named this
4th tier, “Community Government”. By the time this gentleman is
through with a possible 2nd term, Imo state will become a city of
leaders, literally. There will be no ‘followers’’ left. The next steps should include town-hall and
kindred governments vested with the noble mandate of settling family disputes
and drawing budgetary allocations accordingly. Pure genius!
Sickening story; but a perfect ending!
A man in Texas caught a grown man fondling his 4 year old daughter and
delivered lethal punches to the paedo’s
head and neck. The man died. I double-dare the Law to as much as raise a single
charge against this father, and it will expose itself as a blubbering ass after
all. The dude should be awarded a hero’s medal and we do not even need to wade
into fine legal lines of his duty under law to defend another from assault, or extreme
provocation as the case may be. Child
sexual abuse is the lowest of the low, and death is even too easy a way out!
The torture-experts in China fashioned a perfect legal regime to curb the evil
tendency: Chemical castration. Yes, a bottle of bad fluids is injected into the
abuser, and his cookie crumbles for life. And this, from a country with a record of the
most, well, modest lower-chambers. Now
you talk of Texas where everything is big! There’s no way that man was surviving
the father’s ire. No frigging way!
Customer is always right (here to be played)
I ran into a
friend the other day and he showed me an SMS alert stating that his Bank had deducted
N3, 500 from his account in order to conduct a legal search on his company. He had
just opened a corporate account for the said company. I stormed into the bank and
let loose wildly. My position: At the time of opening the account, the customer
tendered all requisite documents and references which the bank demanded, and the
account was opened on the basis that the documents were presumed regular. Any
extra act of due diligence should be borne by the bank! It is like telling the
vendor of a piece of land to bankroll the buyer’s investigative search at the
land registry. I was making headway in
my tirade, but oh dear! Trust Nigerians, the murmurs of an impatient queue met
me headlong. “Oga, na because of common 3, 5 you dey take our time?’’ This emboldened
the hitherto cowering Bank Manager and he superciliously crooned “it is
standard banking policy, sir. And if you don’t mind, please make way on the
queue”. Standard Banking policy? To sneakily
pilfer a customer’s money without advance notice? It is theft, theft! Theft!
fire and brimstone, I turned to storm out of the building with my ‘client’...he
was flirting with the Customer Care desk-lady, all smiles.
Also published in THISDAY Newspapers, Tuesday June 19, 2012