Judiciary to sanction erring judges

Taiwo Ojedele, Lagos

The judiciary in Nigeria will sanction judicial officers who subvert the course of justice by disregarding laid down precedence.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed said this at the special session of the Supreme Court to mark the beginning of new legal year and the conferment of the title of Senior Advocates of Nigeria on deserving lawyers.

Expressing deep worries over the matter, Justice Mahmud said the National Judicial Council has commenced investigations into the disregard of laid down precedence by some Judges with a view to sanctioning any officer found wanting.

“It is with great apprehension and dismay that I note the growing trend of the disregard for laid down precedence in decisions from various courts even the appellate court,” he lamented.

Flawless credibility
The integrity of the Judicial officers also came under scrutiny with Nigeria’s Attorney- General, Abubakar Malami urging them to ensure that their credibility remain unimpeachable.

On its part the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, wants a proper urgent and total reform of the Judiciary.

The NBA President, Abubakar Mahmud holds the view that only a judiciary with a clean bill of health can serve the cause of the common man and ensure the growth of democratic values in the country.

“The NBA advocates for urgent reform that will reposition the judiciary and equip it to play its crucial role. A clean, knowledgeable, effective and transformative judiciary is at the foundation of building an orderly, peaceful and prosperous society. It is the only way of guaranteeing the rule of law and an egalitarian society of our people,” the NBA President explained.

Twenty-two senior lawyers were conferred with the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, at the special session to mark the commencement of the new legal year.