By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA—Ahead of the 2019 general election, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, yesterday, warned judgesin Nigeria to watch company they keep, saying saying politicians are desperate to destroy judges.
The CJN, who spoke in a keynote address at the Annual Conference of Justices of the Court of Appeal, in Abuja, noted that in the frenzied political activities leading to the general election, politicians would “do anything not necessarily legal, to have their way.”
He said Judges must as a mark of responsibility, cut the supply-line of corruption in the judiciary by being conscious of the people they open doors to, saying it was the only way to insulate the judiciary from ridicule and embarrassment.
According to the CJN: “The fight against corruption must be holistic. Consequently, we must address those issues that tend to distract the Judicial Officer, as well as removing from our midst, undesirable persons of questionable character. It is my firm believe that if we identify and remove them at the lower Courts, the appellate courts would have men of integrity, which in turn elicits confidence in the litigants who come before you. The newly inaugurated Corruption and other Financial Crime Cases Trials Monitoring Committee, COTRIMCO, led by Justice Suleiman Galadima, JSC (retd), has since commenced work.”