ABUJAâ€”CHIEF Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu has warned judges in the country to avoid all forms of corrupt practices and misconduct.
The CJN who spoke at the 2010 refresher course for judges and khadis in the country at the National Judicial Institute, NJI, yesterday, also warned them to avoid indiscreet grant of exparte application for interim injunction.
Justice Katsina-Alu said that as patriotic citizens, everyone must join hands in the campaign for zero tolerance to economic crimes and corruption.
He said: â€œThese forms of economic crimes and financial crimes and corruption have become the norm in our society, looming large like a hydra-headed monster, ready to destroy the very fabric of society.
â€œWe must all join hands in the campaign as patriotic citizens. We must fight this menace to surrender. The fight should not be left in the hands of the anti-corruption agencies alone, every citizen should be involved.
â€œOne sure way the judiciary can contribute to this fight is by treating with dispatch cases related to economic crimes and corruption brought before them for adjudication. Judges must, therefore, be adequately equipped by way of training and capacity building as well as provision of modern tools to be able to perform their duties as expected of them by the public.
Most of the economic/financial crimes and corruption cases are high profile cases often involving politically exposed persons, yet, judges must be courageous and firm in discharging their duties in that regards.
â€œPermit me also, to caution you, again, to avoid the indiscreet granting of exparte applications for interim injunctions, especially, without regards to the likely inconvenience to be caused or being caused thereby. No doubt, this has caused the judiciary grave embarrassment in the past.â€
Handling ofÂ corruption cases
Before the workshop was declared open by the CJN, the Administrator of the NJI, Justice Umaru Eri said since corruption in the country has become endemic, time was ripe to call a spade a spade.
He urged judges handling corruption cases to be proactive, honest and courageous, stressing: â€œthere must be a change of attitude by both the prosecution and the defence in requesting for unnecessary adjournments and making frivolous applications that inhibit quick trials.
â€œJudges must resist the temptation of granting unending and perpetual injunctions occasioned by lawyers merely to strangulate justice and trial of accused persons.â€