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Indolent Judicial Officers To Be Shown The Way Out Soon –CJN

Posted: May 26, 2015 at 7:18 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Joe Nwankwo  / Abuja


The Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed On Monday declared that in the no distant future, any indolent and unproductive Judicial Officer shall be shown the way out to make way for hardworking ones to come in, just as he charged judges to take serious, the quick dispensation of justice of every matter before them.

The CJN gave the charge in Abuja while declaring open a National Workshop for Judicial Officers on Judicial Ethics, Anti-Corruption and Performance Evaluation organized by the National Judicial Institute NJI.

The CJN who was represented by Justice Walter Onnoghen stated that no judiciary worth its calling can perform without abiding by Judicial Ethics.

The CJN said the issue of judicial corruption is an especially pernicious phenomenon.

His words “When the Judiciary – which is expected to serve as the guardian of Rule of Law and the last hope of the common man – is itself enmeshed in corruption or corruptive tendencies, all the anti-corruption strategies of the whole Country are deprived of essential measures that are needed to increase the risk and reduce the benefits of corruption and to punish corrupt acts.

“The resulting distortions, including the impunity of the corrupt individuals, undermine the Rule of Law, foster public cynicisms about the integrity of the Judiciary, and thus impair essential capacities for sound economic, social and political development and in some cases, enthrone perpetual ethnic or sectional acrimony and family and cultural or traditional dislocations.

“Conversely, sustained judicial integrity devoid of any corrupting tendencies can yield enormous economic prosperity, social cohesion, political stability, inter ethic interaction and affiliation and strong family love and national unity.