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If You See Us Going The Wrong Way, Call Our Attention- Chief Justice Of Nigeria

Written by Rita Nwachukwu

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Mohammed has said the Supreme Court of Nigeria is poised at maintaining zero-tolerance corruption.


Mohammed stated this yesterday while speaking with members of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption [PACAC], who visited the Supreme Court on Wednesday, led by their Chairman, Professor Itse Sagay, SAN.


The CJN told members of the committee that if they see them acting wrongly, they should call their attention because they are amenable to correction.


He said, “We are never above board as human beings, so we are open to constructive criticisms. It may interest you to know that before we deliver any ruling or judgment, no matter how small it is, even if it is only five sentences, we have to hold conference with all the Justices on the panel and could even expand it in some critical situations to involve all the justices of the court. The sole aim of this practice is to ensure that justice is given in every case before us, no matter how infinitesimal it might be because we are the final court in the land.”


“Our judgments are always all-encompassing and must, at all times, reflect the feelings and views of every Justice on the panel. Dissenting judgments are always encouraged because we cannot all see things from the same perspective.”


‘’If you have any complaint against any judicial officer, you can approach the National Judicial Council immediately with your petition. I can assure you that it will be looked into quickly and the required action will be taken against such judge. We are maintaining a zero-tolerance for corruption. If you see us going the wrong way, based on your own understanding, you should quickly call our attention because we are amenable to correction, as it is only the almighty God that is infallible.’’


Also speaking, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, SAN, said their purpose for visiting was to express their solidarity and appreciation with the way the CJN is treating corruption cases in the country.


He further urge the Supreme Court of Nigeria to use Justice as the basis of judgement and not the law.


He said, ‘’We are here to express our solidarity and also show appreciation with the way the Chief Justice of Nigeria is treating corruption cases in the court. Contrary to what people have been saying, neither I nor my committee is hostile to the Judiciary. We, therefore, urge the Supreme Court of Nigeria, being the apex court of the country, to always use Justice as the basis of judgment and not the law. Whenever there is a clash between justice and law, justice should always prevail. There should never be a situation where law will take the place of justice.’’


‘’We want the golden era where developed countries learn from our own Supreme Court to be re-enacted because that is the bastion of our national pride. Fighting corruption is a collective task and we are here to join forces with the Judiciary to take this anti-corruption fight to a logical conclusion for the good of our dear country. We congratulate you on your appointment and wish you a fruitful tenure’’.

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