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Judiciary, Resolute and Committed to Upholding its Independence

9 November 2016 National


The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, says the judiciary will remain resolute and committed to upholding its independence.

He added that, as prescribed in the Constitution and the law, all courts in the country were empowered to adjudicate with utmost fairness and justice.

The Chief Justice disclosed this during the swearing-in of Amina Augie and Ejembi Eko as justices of the Supreme Court in Abuja.

Mahmud Mohammed said the decision of the National Judicial Council, last week, to suspend seven judges accused of corruption, showed the desire of the judiciary to preserve its independence.

The judges who had earlier been arrested by the State Security Service for allegedly receiving bribes were suspended on Friday.

This happened after the NJC had initially declined to do so arguing that there were no evidence of wrongdoing against the judges.

 

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