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Judgement for Sale: Group Lauds CJN, NJC’s Effort

05 May 2013

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Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar

A group, known as ‘Against Injustice’ has applauded the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar and the National Judicial Council (NJC) for their courageous initiatives to probe 23 judges for alleged sale of judgement.

The group in a statement signed by its coordinator, Dr. J. Johnson, urged NJC to suspend and dismiss the Judges if there is an iota of truth in the petition after vigorous investigation, adding that none of the Judges being probed should be advised to resign honorably because they are not honorable men.

According to the statement, it is trite that before anyone can petition a judge, it must be a serious matter not frivolous as the parties will be prepared to come and defend their petition, some of the judges have threatened witnesses already according to our investigations and this would be duly communicated to the NJC when the probe commences.

The group further stated that it is pertinent to note that the criteria and process for nomination and appointment of Judges must be fine-tuned and followed to the letter as is the practice in the developed countries.

“A judge is supposed to be a justice of peace, equity, fairness, a person of utmost integrity, a well-respected member of the society who is humble, sincere, reasonable and mentally balanced and also a role model, a person who respects the rule of law. A Judge who jumps on Okadas, has a criminal record, fights commercial bus drivers, makes unlawful arrest and tells lies on indigent persons, misleads the police, assaults the elderly, carries arms without licence, uses the law enforcement agencies (mobile police) unlawfully and as an instrument of oppression, takes bribe and commits judicial murder is definitely not fit to be in a position of power or authority.
“We therefore implore and support the NJC to probe and dismiss any Judge found guilty.

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