You Must Remain Blind – Cjn Tells New Supreme Court Justices
BEVERLY HILLS, November 07, (THEWILL) – Mahmud Mohammed, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), has told the newly sworn-in justices of the Supreme Court to remain blind to personality and status, and remain the hope of all men, whether common or uncommon.
Speaking on Monday during the swearing-in of Amina Augie and Ejembi Eko as justices of the Supreme Court, Mohammed said the judiciary remained resolute and committed to upholding its independence.
He revealed that communications it received from the office of the attorney-general of the federation made it suspend the judges under investigation insisting that all courts in the country were empowered to adjudicate with utmost fairness and justice as prescribed in the constitution and the law.
“You must remain blind to personality and status, and remain the hope of all men, whether common or uncommon,” he said.
“Hence, the integrity and impartiality of our courts must not be in question or compromised.
“I am confident that with the institutions and initiatives that we have put in place, the Nigerian judiciary will evolve to meet the high standards demanded by our citizens.
“Certainly, the decision of the National Judicial Council at its last meeting reflects our desire to preserve this independence.
“Hence, we proclaimed to the world that any judicial officer that is standing trial will cease to perform judicial functions.
“The council took this stand following communications it received from the attorney-general of the federation that he was embarking on the prosecution of the affected judicial officers for the offences disclosed against them.
“We must not forget that we operate a constitutional democracy, which clearly prescribes the powers accorded to each organ of the State.
“I therefore wish to state without fear of contradiction that the third arm of government will remain resolute in its commitment and resolve to uphold its independence.”
Story by Oputah David