The Nigeria judicial system is enshrined on good ethical practices, law and order, professionalism, due diligence and international best legal practice standard has practice all over the world.
The sworn in of the present Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen has boldly declared to Nigerians that under his leadership of administration of justice, transparency, good conscience, equity and rule of law are his cardinal watch word.
On Sunday, 21 May 2017 at a thanksgiving service held at the Methodist Church Nigeria, Abuja Diocese, Zone 3, Abuja, Nigeria.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Awassam Bassey to the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), said the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, gave a bullet proof encouragement and hope to the populace Nigerians to file petitions, report unethical practices, corrupt and other unprofessional conduct of judicial officers and judges to the National Judicial Council (NJC), the body in charge of disciplinary measure on judicial officers in the country.
The Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnogehen further stated that Nigerians should take advantage of the existence of the relevant institutions by reporting corrupt judicial officers to the relevant institutions in the country.
That Nigeria should not engage in integrity defamation of judicial officer through the use of social media trial of scandalous, unfounded and unverified allegations in the mass media.
This above disclosure was credited to the Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Awassam Bassey to the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), said that the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) made this assertion in defense to a newspaper publication by a ex-Senator, Uche Ekwunife, “accused the Nigeria judiciary of robbing her of her mandate in the 2015 Anambra Central Senatorial Election through nullification”.
That “Justice Onnoghen says Nigerians should learn to take advantage of institutions that have been established to handle allegations of corruption and unprofessional conduct by judicial officers, including cases of judicial fraud which the Senator cited as the reason for the loss of her mandate in the law courts.
“The Honourable Chief Justice advises against individuals dragging the name of the Judiciary in the mud through unsubstantiated allegations in the mass media and advises such individuals to employ well-established institutions and avenues to petition any judicial officer who engages in corruption and unprofessional conduct.
“”Therefore, in the interest of the generality of Nigerians, and the ongoing war against corruption, the Chief Justice of Nigeria calls on Senator Ekwunife to petition the judges she accuses of corruption and unprofessional conduct.
“The Honourable CJN assures Nigerians that if anyone has evidence against any corrupt judicial officer, and such a person brings forward the necessary documents before the National Judicial Council, the concerned judicial officer or officers will be investigated and where found liable, dealt with in accordance with the law.”
The Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Awassam Bassey to the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) stated that, “At the same time, the Chief Justice of Nigeria wishes to use this medium to warn politicians to desist from using the mass media to smear the good image of the nation’s Judiciary in general, and the hardworking and honest judicial officers in particular.
“His Lordship the Chief Justice calls on all law-abiding and hardworking judicial officers to go about discharging their duties without fear or favour.”
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Judicial officers and legal practitioners were encouraged to remain firm in good governance, practice, professionalism and oppose every form of unsolicited corrupt practices in the cause of discharging their duties, upholding equity and justice to all and sundry without fear of oppression or undue influence.