- The chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has warned judges to be neutral during adjudication
- According to him, erring judges would be dealt with by the National Judicial Council
- He says judicial officers must ensure that they are far away from all manners of injustice
Judges have been warned by the chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to remain impartial and accord fair hearing to all the parties in disputes brought before them for adjudication, adding that there would be disciplinary action against erring judges.
According to Onnoghen, the National Judicial Council (NJC) will not hesitate to deal with any judicial officer that is found to have acted in breach of his oath of office and code of conduct, vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that the admonition was given in a keynote address presented at the opening ceremony of the 2018 orientation course for newly appointed magistrates, held at the National Judicial Institute in Abuja.
Onnoghen said: “Democracy in itself is nothing if the implication of the fundamental principles enshrined in the constitution of this nation cannot be readily determined in constitutional adjudication by a judiciary manned by upright judicial officers.
“This is premised on the fact that as the society depends on equity and justice, those who are appointed to adjudicate to all manner of persons, must ensure that they themselves are standing erect far away from all manners of injustice.
“Therefore, much energy, skill and experience must be devoted to strengthening the underlying principles of impartiality, diligence, competence, propriety, qualitative justice, strict adherence to the rule of law, speedy dispensation of justice and fair conduct of cases with a view to ensuring that justice is not only done but must be seen to be done.
“It is only when these factors are present that judicial functions can validly and effectively be exercised."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Justice Walter Onnoghen, the chief justice of Nigeria, on Thursday, December 14, 2018 warned judges to beware of the kind of politicians they move with as the 2019 general elections approach.
The chief justice said that politicians in their desperation to advance their political interests could ridicule and embarrass judicial officers who open their doors to them.
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