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Don urges Tinubu to address judicial corruption, wants amicus to revise controversial judgements

Don urges Tinubu to address judicial corruption, wants amicus to revise controversial judgements

Cyprian Edward-Ekpo, the director-general of the Institute of Law Research and Development of United Nations (ILAWDUN), Washington DC, U. S., has called on President Bola Tinubu to investigate the alleged corruption in the Nigerian judiciary.

Mr Edward-Ekpo, who gave the advice in a statement in Abuja on Friday, underscored the need for a new approach to stemming corruption and intellectual poverty among judicial officers and court administrative staffers.

According to the don, judges are the voices of sentencing, but their freedom of choice is limited by the rule of law, good conscience, principles of integrity and morality.

“Quite appalling, today’s role of the Nigerian judiciary, comprising the judex and the bar, has been different. It has progressed to an international public ridicule and odium and is quite perilous.

“The law in Nigeria has lost a constructional role as guidance and protector of a stable and democratic system – promoting a systemic mass toward the desecration of the temple of justice and state’s destruction.

“Beyond debates, this judo-moral crisis demands a critical-mass response, a new approach to stemming the cancerous system of corruption and intellectual poverty among judicial officers and court administrative staffers,’’ he said.

He also called on the National Judicial Council to set up a committee of amicus and retired judges known for integrity and intellectual excellence to review controversial judgments handed by several courts and tribunals.

According to him, the committee can receive reports and petitions of glaring disproportionate judgements, review them and invite the judges for questioning, especially where the basis of their judgement is found wanting.

“Two factors stand as causal elements to the problem of the Nigerian judiciary. They include the intellectual poverty of some judges and corruption.

“The process of which appointment of judges is made should be reviewed forthwith, due consideration to creating a mechanism for only the best brains and tested characters to be appointed into the bench,’’ Mr Edward-Ekpo noted.

He also appealed to Mr Tinubu to consult with the National Assembly and present an executive bill to tackle judicial corruption and enhance the integrity and independence of the judiciary within the framework of the constitution.

 

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