- Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, chief justice of the federation has called on all judicial officers to be very careful with politicians
- The CJN charged judicial officers to remain steadfast in the buildup to the 2019 general elections
- He said without the rule of law, the society is doomed
Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, has on Tuesday, July 24, called on all judicial officers to be very careful with politicians.
He said this in Calabar when he formally dedicated the new appeal court building complex. He also charged judicial officers to remain steadfast in the buildup to the 2019 general elections, Daily Trust reports.
He said: “I use this opportunity to still call on judicial officers in the country to remain steadfast to their oath of office, the constitution of the country and continue to remember that without the rule of law, the society is doomed.
“Hold firm to the wheels of justice and ensure that when cases are placed on a scale, whichever weighs more should be where the judgment should go. It does not matter whose ox is gored because the society depends on us and that decision you have to take. The society survives because you are courageous enough to tell whoever is wrong that you are wrong.”
Reacting to the CJN, Senator Kanu Agabi, a former minister of justice and attorney general of the federation, lauded Nigeria's judiciary for helping to shape the country through its decisions.
“By sound judgments, the judges and justices have immortalized themselves. The monuments that we build will all one day be erased even this court of appeal will one day cease to be. There is no structure standing in the country today that will not one day be demolished, but not the judgments of our courts."
"The decisions of our courts are shaping the country and by these, the judges have demonstrated their capacity and disposition to save the country from anarchy. They are proving that that is indeed the third arm of government,” he said.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the National Judicial Council (NJC) during its 83rd meeting, set up 15 panels to probe two state chief justices and 13 other judges accused of misconduct.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, gave this order in a statement released by the council to the public on Monday, October 2.
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