- The chief justice of Nigeria has claimed that politicians are interfering in the process of judges appointment
- He said Nigeria's current system of judges appointment empowers governors to block names of nominated persons
- Onnoghen said the standard of the bar is falling and as such, there cannot be a strong bench
Walter Onnoghen, Nigeria's chief justice has on Monday, May 14, lamented that politicians are interfering in the process of judges appointment.
He argued that the current system of judges appointment in Nigeria empowers governors to block names of nominated persons for judicial appointment.
He said governors can bLock such names from being sent to the National Judicial Council for scrutiny if the names of the governor’s candidates are not included on the list.
Going further, he said the standard of the bar is falling and as such, there cannot be a strong bench because judges are appointed from among lawyers.
Onnoghen said this at the first Biennial Lecture of the Lagos state Judiciary, which held at Lagos City Hall, Lagos Island.
The lecture, themed: “Judicial Standards, integrity, respect and public perception: A comparative analysis from independence in 1960 to the present millennium,” was chaired by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), who was represented by his Senior Special Adviser on Financial Crimes, Abiodun Aikumo, Punch reports.
Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos state governor, his deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, Justice Opeyemi Oke, chief judge of Lagos state, Justice Rosaline Bozimo, administrator of the national judicial institute, Adeniji Kazeem, attorney general of Lagos state among others attended the event.
Justice Onnoghen, represented by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour of the Supreme Court, said judiciary erosion of judiciary independence to military intervention.
“Appointment of judges have become highly politicised as a governor of a state will not approve the names of persons nominated for the bench for NJC scrutiny if the names of his candidates are not included on that list," the CJN said.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the rot in Nigeria's judiciary took a new direction as a senior Nigerian lawyer, Joseph Nwobike was on Monday, April 30, convicted on several counts of attempting to pervert justice.
Nwobike, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), was convicted by the Ikeja Division of the Lagos High Court.
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