Just In: Ag. CJN Decries Level Of Rot In Judiciary, While Seeking Support! He Vows To Deal Ruthlessly With Any Erring Public Servant

The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has alluded to a plot to destabilize the Judiciary, saying it was time for Judges to stand and protect its integrity. Ag. CJN, Muhammad Justice Muhammad who performed his first official function by inaugurating Judges that will handle 2019 National Assembly, Governorship & State Assembly Election Petition Tribunals, on Saturday, said the Judiciary Arm of Government was passing through a turbulent period.

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While addressing the 250 Election Petition Tribunal Judges at the ceremony that took place inside the Supreme Court, the Acting CJN, said: “As your lordships take the oath of office as Chairmen and Members of the Election Petition Tribunals, let me remind you that this oath is a solemn appeal to Almighty God.

“Therefore, it is to God Almighty that you will be ultimately responsible. It is from this oath that your duties and responsibilities as Chairmen and Members of the Election Petition Tribunals in your various places of assignment spring forth and has a binding effect on each and everyone of you.

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“This is an ethical undertaking to justice as well as to uphold the RuIe Of Law in our courts and tribunals. “As such, I implore you to discharge this onerous duty diligently and with the fear of God Almighty.

“If any other person is trying to destroy it, we should try to protect it. “If we don’t protect it ourselves, no one can do it for us. Therefore it is our sacred duty to see that we protect the judiciary.

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“I therefore congratulate you on this appointment and I urge you to see this assignment as a call to greater service to your nation. “I encourage you to uphold and enhance the honour, integrity and standing of the judiciary and I pray that the Almighty Allah will bestow upon you strength, good health.”

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Meanwhile, other Justices of the Supreme Court, boycotted the event that had few guests in attendance. President Muhammadu Buhari had in an unprecedented move on Friday evening, suspended the substantive CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, even as he swore in Justice Muhammad to take over the leadership of the Nigerian Judiciary.

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President Buhari premised his action on an ex-parte order from the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, in Abuja, where the suspended CJN is facing charges the Federal Government entered against him for allegedly failing to declare his assets as prescribed by the law.

Source: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/01/ag-cjn-muhammad-alleges-plot-to-destroy-judiciary-seeks-support/