Retired Judge breaks down over judicial scandal

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“Our whole society is rotten to the core”, said the Appeals Court Judge

A retired Appeal Court Judge, Justice Henrrietta Abban was left in uncontrollable tears as she addressed a gathering of Christians and church leaders on the corruption scandal that has rocked the judiciary.

“Our whole society is rotten to the core. It goes down, down and there is no one doing things right, but we need the rightful kind of faithful leaders who have compassion for the nation,” she said Tuesday amid her tears.

According to the GNA, Madam Abban, who famously jailed former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Tsatsu Tsikata for causing financial loss to the state broke down in tears as she lamented how corruption has ripped through the institution she served for years.

Justice Abban who also worked at Ghana’s Lands Commission and further served at the Supreme Court of the Gambia was speaking during the inauguration of “Urgent call to Repentance” message.

The message was envisioned by an 86-year old lady, Madam Regina Eva Addae, and directed to lead a crusade for personal, church and nation repentance in order to have a revived and restored life for the next generation.

There would be disastrous consequences arising from the blatant disregard of God’s word and the acceptance of greed, selfishness, deceit, lies and corruption in high and low places, Justice Abban said as she continued crying.

Madam Addae expressed the belief that socio- economic challenges facing the country is an indication that Ghana had sinned terribly, had lost a generation and is about to lose another.

Chairman of the Christian Council of Ghana, Right Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey expressed disappointment over factionalism and commercialisation of churches that had clouded the propagation of the truth message from God.

He said commercialisation of the churches is driven by greed, desire to get rich quick, and the application of the gift of eloquence, in place of a true gospel calling, to falsify the message of the Bible.

Allegation of corruption has hit the country’s judiciary, sparking public outrage and drawing high-flying personalities including former presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor to express worry about its impact on the society.

Justice Abban herself was once accused by lawyer Tony Lithur of unlawfully influencing the 10-year jail term imposed on former trade minister Dann Abodakpi. She was however cleared of all wrongdoing.

Out of the 34 higher and lower court judges sited in the video footage of investigative journalists, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, 22 have been suspended by the Judicial Council.