Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, wife of Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa, the lawmaker who represented Bauchi North in the 9th Assembly, has defended her judicial integrity.
The judge was reacting to comments by her husband that he used his position to ask favour for his colleagues from his wife, the immediate past President of the Court of Appeal.
Bulkachuwa had during the valedictory session of the 9th Senate, on June 10, said: “I look at faces in this chamber who have come to me and sought my help when my wife was the President of the Court of Appeal, and I’m sure…
“And I must thank particularly, 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…”
Bulkachuwa’s comment had elicited outrage, with Olisa Agbakoba, a former President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), calling for the arrest of the former lawmaker.
But in a statement issued over the weekend, Justice Bulkachuwa said such insinuation was far from the truth.
“My attention has been drawn to the trending video of what was said by my husband Senator Adamu M. Bulkachuwa. I want to state categorically that I never at any time compromised my oath of office to favour any party who appeared before me throughout my judicial career spanning 40 years of service to my country.
“My decisions were always based on the facts, the law and in accordance with my conscience and oath of office.
“Also, as President of the Court of Appeal, my fellow justices of the court can attest to the fact that I never interfered with the independence of any of the justices of the court in the discharge of their judicial functions,” she said.
Earlier, in an interview with BBC Hausa last Friday, Bulkachuwa said his words were misrepresented, adding that the former President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, interrupted him while he was explaining.