The Trial of Rotimih Judas Amayshi By Emma Okocha
Present are the G.SO, Col. Tongue Cutter, Biko Haram, Major Olakampo Olakankita, Major 419 Utueke, Sergeant Okon Bassey, already seated in full General regalia are General One Leg Atamuna, the Prince from Igalla land and the General Officer Commanding….
Trudging into the Court marshal is the embattled Sheriff of the Blue Water State, flagged in by a mammoth crowd of Ogbako Ikwerre zealots, brandishing gleaning white handkerchiefs and dancing to the rhythm of Port Harcourt Boys.
GEN. One Leg Atamuna: Officers and men of the Combat Regiment, the Court marshal is constituted and the Casefile No 36G. Sheriff Rotimih Judas Amayshi Vs The Governors of Rome is hereby called up for trial.
As in our tradition, the Verdict of this Court marshall is final, no Appeals and no Attorneys. G.S.O proceed!
Tongue Cutter Biko Haram: That the Accused, Rotimih Judas, Sheriff of the Blue Water State, stole the Mandate of the Governors of Rome, Rotimih Judas in the light of the insecurity climate befogging our nation surreptitiously broke away from the Africa’s largest party, thereby destabilizing the polity; R.J. operates an illegally purchased plane, flying the plane with 419 licences. That plane is fitted with Satellites and intelligence gadgets. He has abandoned his duties and constantly spotted in the Nigeria air perimeters taking photographs of security locations and transmitting same to our enemies. Finally, that R.J. with all audacity, went toe to toe against the first Lioness of the Tribe of the Breast and Beasts. He drew the first blood when he sacked the Dame’s protégé in her Okrikaja backyard…
Major 419 Utueke: First of all, please, Col Tongue Cutter, you don’t call my name, 419, in this case. This Court marshal is a Military Court. Rotimih Judas Vs the trifling Governors of Rome is a Civilian distraction. The case is away from our jurisdiction.
Major Olakampo Olakankita: Even if it merits our hearing Sir, I am a Harvard trained Attorney. My training and fees paid for by the army. I cannot legitimize this panel or entertain a Kangaroo court in the name of a Court marshal. The panel must ensure that Rotimih Judas’s rights are not violated and his rights to a fair trial under the law, as inscribed in the Constitution, can only be guaranteed if he is defended and offered the services of a lawyer.
Sergeant Okon Bassy, Lawyers! Judiciary, Constitution my foot!!!
All of them in this country are Judases. That Sheriff from my Sahara South region is Judas, pure and simple. For 25 years, I have been marking time as Sergeant, when those Sahara Generals were in charge. Today the army is progressing. Officers and the NCO are promoted on merit and on the exams result.
Nahim.. this Rotimih Judas carry trouble come to dambru our turn. This Court marshal must carry on!
Col. T.C. Biko Haram: Sir, a call like last week, from the same hospital in Germany from the office of the First Lioness….
“General One leg, Atamuna, this is the First Dame. The suspect is a dangerous ingrate and an enemy of my fellow widows, the Ashiticture of the bad belly between the Governors of Rome and my fellow widows. I want him castrated.
419 Utueke: Chineke God! This Dame again. On behalf of her fellow widows she demanded for Ikemba and Agaba Achebe man hoods. Now she wants Rotimih Judase’s jolly papa cut in pieces! Those are the parts I sell in Onitsha market.
Col T.C. Biko Haram: Between Igrita to Abonema, Sir, I submit that the battle line is drawn.
The G.O.C: Submissions accepted. Major Olakankita you may stand in for the accused as the Amicus Curie.. a friend of the Court. The Court marshal will not tolerate further distraction. Major, as the Amicus Curie you may address the Court marshal for your Closing Arguments.
Major Olakampo Olakankita returns to the Court marshal wheeling in like Rotimi Williams, packs of fat volumes of law books and distributing to the panel his lead Address titled, HISTORY WILL REMEMBER, ROTIMIH JUDAS
Okon Bassey: The Judases are coming . They will confuse this matter.
Major Olakampo Olakankita: (on his feet) History will remember Rotimih Judas. History will remember the Combat Regiment as the Revolutionary unit that opened the theatre to allow the vegetation of the new actors.
As we approach the verdict of this moment, let history document that at this time of the monumental collusion between the Retrogrades and the Change Agents, the revolutionary Combat Regiment went with the side of the impending waves. Rotimih Judas came from a humble beginning, and like all true Harcourt Port boys, galloped to the mountain top, without shoes. Endowed with an unusual supremacy of the mind, his guiding light, his final arbiter, his Chief Justice is the all- absorbing concern for the truth and the total development of his people through Education. I prevail on this panel to move on the side of History, the Truth and pronounce Rotimih Judas the Ataturk of Nigeria.
The Sheriff, whose educational programme, deluged the Primary and Secondary system of his state.
On the stolen Mandate of the Governors of Rome, I present as exhibit 1,2,3 the film of the voting exercise, the signed results by the Agent Governors, and the signed results by the Board Director, and also its head of the Governors of Rome INEC. All point to a landslide by Rotimih Judas.
Officers and men of the Combat Regiment before the docile, always praying Nigerian people, Chief Abiola won an Election. In the struggle to establish his Mandate, you watched helplessly and the man was poisoned to death.
Yesterday it was Abiola. Today it is Rotimih Judas.
Tomorrow it maybe you or your children. The accusations against my client are therefore, the rantings of drowning Retrogrades, whose time and iniquities are catching up with them.
Rotimih Judas, I submit has no Case to answer.
The G.O.C: History is the record of monumental events and the extra ordinary activities of equally extraordinary individuals who in Public offices or out of the Corridors impacted on their Times, their Communities, State and the World.
Your Excellency, I respect your courage and salute your Spinal cord. The charge against your patriotism, I find infantile. Your election as the Chairman of the Governors of Rome, am afraid is beyond your mission. Your brief and those of your colleagues is to stick 24 hours a day at home and govern your states. Simplicita. Please return the Plane to the manufacturers and if it is important acquire a speed boat.
You have no business flying to Abuja every minute, and all over the country, siren beating the streets, attending Burials, Weddings and celebrating your office and the mundane.
Remember to send a fresh bill cancelling all those outrageous retirement Perks of more houses and cars allocated to you and the rest of the feeding Parasites in your Cabinet and in that jejune House of Assembly. It is not too late to log 16 hours a day and move your Blue Water State to your dream stage of development…. the ‘‘Dubai on the Atlantic”.
General Atamuna, Dismiss the Court Marshall
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