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Courageous judges, rule of law saved me from been sent to prison by many governments – Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman

The sacked National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has stated that courageous judges and the rule of law had saved him from going to prison due to him activism.

Oshiomhole spoke when he received the leadership of the Law Student Association of Nigeria at his Abuja residence on Saturday.

He said, “I am not a lawyer; even though in the course of my journey in life, I realised that I wished I had read law but I know it is too late for me now.

“I know it is never late but I didn’t want to read law for reading sake but that I can practice. However, given my age, it would have been embarrassing to graduate, go through Law School, only to be carrying a bag for my grandchildren’s mate to the court. I guess that it is too late for me.

“I always say that I have been a beneficiary of very courageous judiciary and for a courageous judiciary, I would have been a convict because in the course of my work as a trade union leader, when I stepped on the toes on government redline, they deploy all the weapons including the police, had me arrested countless times, arraigned before magistrates and judges for all kinds of charges, like unlawful assembly and incitement.

“But each time they did that, I have been fortunate to appear before judges with courage. I have been defended by lawyers, who most of the time provided their knowledge of the law and intellectual sagacity to defend me from government after government.”

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