The immediate past President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, has finally spoken up following comments by her husband, former Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa, that he obtained favours from her on behalf of his fellow senators.

Defending her role as a judicial officer, the retired President of the Court of Appeal stated that she never in her 40-year judicial career compromised her oath of office.

Justice Bulkachuwa came under the spotlight following a video clip showing her husband making comments during the Senate Valedictory Session which many interpreted as evidence of his interference in the jurist’s performance of her duties.

She however denied the allegation of judicial compromise in a statement dated June 17, 2023. Justice Bulkachuwa said: “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.”

CITY LAWYER recalls that Senator Bulkachuwa had claimed that he encroached on his wife’s “freedom and independence” in the course of her work as a judicial officer.

His words: “Particularly my wife whose freedom and independence were encroached upon when she was in office. She has been tolerant and accepted my encroachment and extended it to my colleagues…”

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