By: Valentine Adese (JP),
Despite the strong promises of Hon. Daniel Longji of the Plateau State High Court, who is the presiding Judge in the case between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the immediate past governor of Plateau State, Sen. Jonah David Jang and a Cashier serving in the office of the Secretary to the Plateau State Government (SSG), Mr. Yusuf Pam, to be fair in hearing the matter and deliver justice, to the extent that justice would be seen to have been done, supporters, loyalist and some youths in the state, have a negative perception, REALITY, can authoritative state.
You would recall that, REALITY had earlier reported that there are strong indications that a some groups of Politicians and Lawyers in the State are preparing to write and submit a petition against, Hon. Justice Daniel Longji, who is presiding over the matter, to Recuse himself from the ongoing matter, over alleged perceived potential conflict of interest or lack of impartiality, if Hon. Justice Daniel Longji continues to sit over the matter.
REALITY gathered that, the petition, which hopefully would soon be delivered to the Plateau State Chief Judge, is also to be copied to Hon. Justice Longji and the National Judicial Commission (NJC).
However, REALITY just gathered at the wee hours of today, that some groups that have expressed their fears over Hon. Justice Longji’s capacity to preside over the matter, may some come out with the details of alleged reason(s), why they are expressing distrust over the Judge.
Speaking to REALITY in private, some members of these groups have told this Newspaper that, the political disagreements between, Hon. Justice Daniel Longji, dates back to the period when Sen. Joshua Chibi Dariye, left office and the assumption into office of Sen. Jang as Governor and that their disagreement and quarrel is yet to be settled.
In their independent narratives, they opined that, it was Sen. Dariye, who is currently facing his term in Prison that lifted Hon. Justice Longji, from his Magistrate Status, to become a High Court Judge.
Adding that, “Longji, also became the State High Court Registrar, Attorney-General of the state, among other judicial positions which he occupied, while Sen. Dariye held sway, as the governor of the state, and the present Governor of the State, Rt. Simon Bako Lalong, was the Speaker of the State House of Assembly as at the period under review”.
They further alleged that, since the petition against Sen. Jang to the EFCC was written by members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state, to which Governor Lalong and Sen. Dariye are members, they perceived potential conflict of interest or lack of impartiality, if Hon. Justice Daniel Longji continues to sit over the matter.
“We are worried that the Judge is sending back case files to the Chief Judge on the ground that, he cannot write their judgments, owing to his coming retirement in December, 2019, but he is interested in this case that is to tally fresh. Why? They stated.
REALITY is however trying to ascertain these allegations.
You would recall that, Hon. Justice Daniel Longji, while sitting over the matter recently, had said in open Court that, he is under pressure from different quarters over the matter and that those pressurizing him belong to both the Prosecution and the Defendants, while reiterating his promise to be fair and deliver justice in the matter, no matter the pressure.