Former Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner Justice, Mr. Charles Ajuyah (SAN) has said that those attacking the Attorney-General and Justice Minister of the Federation, Abubakar Malami for his memo advising the National Assembly on the right name of the Maritime University in Delta State are being mischievous and lawless.
Speaking to a newsmen at his office in Warri yesterday, Mr. Charles Ajuyah said what the AGF did as the chief legal officer of the Federation was to advice the National Assembly rightly based on the position of the law, saying that “it is their duty on oath to obey the laws of the land”.
Mr. Ajuyah noted that the position of the Supreme Court of Nigeria is that the land on which the Maritime University is situated is owned by the Itsekiri people.
According to him, it was the finding on the case that “the land in dispute is called Okerenghigho by the Plaintiffs who are Itsekiris and Okerenkoko by the Ijaws who are Defendants”
He noted that the National Assembly cannot legislate away the existing rights of the people of Omadino who are Itsekiri and that the AGF did not re-write the judgment of the Supreme Court. He only interpreted it for application by the National Assembly”, saying that he is right.
Mr. Charles Ajuyah(SAN) said none of those criticizing him has been able to demonstrate or show that the case of Uluba v. Sillo decided in 1973 and reported in 1973 ALL NLR page 47 does not exist, they are only being emotional and wiping-up sentiment adding that “anyone who is not prepared to accept the position of the AGF is simply being mischievous and lawless”.
He said the National Assembly and the President must appreciate that they have sworn to abide by the constitution and rule of law.