ABUJA—The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, yesterday, tasked judges to be more stringent while presiding over corruption-related cases.
He said there was need for all judges to expedite the determination
of corruption cases using the 2013 Practice Directions on Serious
Crimes, which he said was specially enacted to address delays in the
hearing and determination of such cases.
He said: “Where justice is prompt, just and based on the law, there
are fewer chances for the public to ascribe corruption to our courts.”
Justice Mohammed spoke at a special session of the Supreme Court to
mark the commencement of the 2015/2016 legal year and swea-ring in of 21
senior lawyers, who were recently conferred with the rank of Senior
Advocates of Nigeria, SAN.
He said: “Permit me to reflect on the activity of the past one year
as a necessary pathway into the policy of this court in the year to
“I make bold to say that the 2014-2015 legal year was unique in the
history and life of our nation’s judiciary as a whole, and the Supreme
Court of Nigeria in particular.
“In my considered opinion, the judiciary was largely successful in
effectively responding to the challenges it faced in arduously
protecting its impartiality and independence.”
Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State
and President, Pan African Laywers Union, Mr. Elijah Banda were among
dignitaries at the event.