CJN warns judges against ‘unholy alliance with questionable characters’

Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Tanko Muhammad on Wednesday warned judges to desist from “an unholy alliance with persons of questionable character” as next year’s general election approaches. Mr. Muhammad spoke at the Supreme Court complex in Abuja, while swearing in six new judges of the Federal High Court and one judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court. The CJN, who said that “the appointment to office is not an appointment for wealth, influence,” warned the judges against “persons of questionable character who can present themselves to you in different ways and make them do what is offensive to the law”. “You should avoid undeserved wealth, dishonest disposition and should never engage in any act that might make you regret having been a judicial officer,” Muhammad said. He told the new judges to prepare for the “impossible” in Nigerian society, “especially as we head into the 2023 general election,” adding that while he rejoiced with them, he also sympathized with them for the troubles , inconveniences and all kinds of problems. non-complementary comments that the litigants may make against them in the course of the adjudication. “We’re all human, no doubt, but you have to show the humanity in you by doing those extraordinary things that people would say you can’t do. That is what distinguishes those with integrity and a passion for success from those with an unenviable pedigree and a dysfunctional moral compass.” In addition, he warned that judicial officials must avoid “vainglory, dishonest disposition and ostentatious lifestyle, born of corrupt acquaintances.” ‘NJC will fish for rotten eggs’ The CJN said that National Council of the Judiciary (NJC), a body empowered by law to employ and discipline judges who make mistakes, will never rest in efforts to fish out the rotten eggs within the judiciary and show them the way out. Muhammad said corrupt judges can only run but will not have the ability to hide from the NJC’s long arm. The CJN advised the new judges to allow their oath to hold an important place in their hearts and to be correctly applied in their adjudications. “This is a bond that you must engrave on your heart and it must serve as a moral compass as you make judgments in all matters that come your way.” “You must not deviate from the revered path of impartiality, justice and fairness. We don’t need any soothsayers to tell us that the times are quite dangerous and ominous.” The CJN further said that the current situation in Nigeria seriously needs judicial officials with the right character and who are honest, objective, dispassionate and humble, adding that the appointment of the new judges was not by accident but by the divine will of God and therefore, they must be guided by wisdom and guided by their conscience. The new judges are: Emmanuel Gakko; Former Immediate Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court, Musa Sulaiman Liman, Segun-Bello Mabel Taiye, Bala Khalifa-Mohammed Usman, Ahmad Gama Mahmud, Aminu Garba of the Federal High Court, and Joseph Adebayo Aina of the FCT High Court. With the swearing-in of six judges, the Federal High Court now has 77 judges on its bench. The court has a maximum capacity of 100 judges. background In an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES last July, Federal Superior Court Chief Justice John Tsoho said there is a “pressing need” for more judges to be appointed to the court. Mr. Tsoho lamented the number of cases the court’s judges were dealing with, with some, according to him, having 400-500 cases on their docket. Speaking to our reporter about how the number of judges fell from 87 at one point to 72 today, before Anwuli Chikere’s recent retirement this year, he said there was a “pressing need” to replace the vacancies left by the exited judges. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; CJN warns judges against ‘unholy alliance with questionable characters’