Mahmud Mohammed Cautions Judges Against Delay In Judgement

Mahmud Mohammed, JudgesThe Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has called on judges in Nigeria to reduce the delays in dispensing justice.

However, the Chief Justice asked them never to sacrifice justice for speed.

For the second time within two days, Justice Mohammed took a swipe at judges who give conflicting judgements.

He observed that such action threatens the integrity and the independence of the judiciary in Nigeria.

The Judge stated that delays in dispensing justice in high profile cases and that of conflicting judgements were the major challenges that the judges must resolve in the new legal year.

He made the remarks on Tuesday at the second day of the Annual Judges Conference in Abuja, to mark the commencement of the 2016/2017 legal year.

Firmer And Unbiased Decisions

Justice Mohammed had earlier announced that the National Judicial Council (NJC) would probe judges involved in the recent conflicting judgments emanating from courts of equal jurisdiction.

He observed that the action of judges involved in conflicting judgments was embarrassing and warned against the politicising of the appointment of a Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Speaking at the same gathering, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Auta, asked the judges to be firmer and unbiased in their decisions.

Justice Auta, who highlighted the backdrop of the challenges and successes of the high courts during the last legal year, asked them to ensure that the decisions they take do not create room for anarchy.

NJC To Probe Judges Involved In Conflicting Judgments

Mahmud-NJC-Judges-CourtThe National Judicial Council (NJC) says it will probe judges involved in the recent conflicting judgments emanating from courts of equal jurisdiction.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, observed that the action of judges involved in conflicting judgments was embarrassing to the judiciary.

He announced the NJC’s decision on Monday at a special session to mark the commencement of the 2016/2017 legal year and the swearing in of 22 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria at the Supreme Court in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Justice Mohammed also warned against the politicising of the appointment of a Chief Justice of Nigeria.

He tasked the newly inducted senior advocates to be above board in the discharge of their professional duties.

The Chief Justice added that the council would not hesitate to sanction erring lawyers.

On his part, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Abubakar Mahmoud, advised the new Senior Advocates to be patriotic.

The Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Mister Olanrewaju Onadeko and the Secretary of the 2014 National Conference, Mrs Valerie Azinge, were among the new senior advocates.

They pledged the commitment of the new silks to uphold the ethics of the profession.

The conferment of the 22 Senior Advocates of Nigeria has increased the number of silks in the Nigerian Bar to 451.

Criminal Justice Reforms

Meanwhile, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Auta, has asked judges to be firmer and unbiased in their decisions.

Justice Auta, who highlighted the backdrop of the challenges and successes of the high courts during the last legal year, asked them to ensure that the decisions they take do not create room for anarchy.

Elsewhere, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo emphasised the need for far-reaching reforms in Nigeria’s criminal justice system and the decentralisation of the Nigeria Police Force for effective service delivery.

Professor Osinbajo made the call in Abeokuta, Ogun State’s capital at the 20th celebration of the death of the late Mrs Bisoye Tejuoso.

He expressed the commitment of the Federal Government to sustaining the anti-corruption crusade.

The Vice President asked Nigerians to rise up against corrupt individuals and groups who were bent on fighting back despite the genuine interest of government.

Osinbajo Says Nigeria’s Criminal Justice System Needs Reformation

Yemi Osinbajo Nigeria's Vice President on justice system Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has emphasised the need for far-reaching reforms in the nation’s criminal justice system and the decentralisation of the Nigeria Police Force for effective service delivery.

The Vice President made the call in Abeokuta, Ogun State’s capital at the 20th celebration of the death of the late Mrs Bisoye Tejuoso.

Professor Osinbajo while expressing the commitment of the Federal Government to sustaining the anti-corruption crusade, however, asked Nigerians to rise up against corrupt individuals and groups who were bent on fighting back despite the genuine interest of government.

Mismanagement Of The Economy

Representing President Muhammadu Buhari, at the occasion the Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir Lawal, however, attributed the current economic challenges in Nigeria to mismanagement of the economy by past administrations.

President Muhammadu Buhari had few days ago blamed the previous administration for the current economic recession.

He told reporters in his home town, Duara, in Katsina that the administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) left no savings when the price of crude oil was high.

President Buhari has promised Nigerians again that his administration would correct the maladministration of past government.

He decried what he inherited from the PDP administrations, pledging to correct them with the support of Nigerians.

“I want Nigerians to realise what this government inherited after 16 years of PDP [Peoples Democratic party] and eight consecutive government.

“There was no savings, no infrastructure was done, no power, no rail, no road and security. This is what the other party left for Nigerians.

“Now they have seen what we have done from Boko Haram to what we are trying to do now with the militants.

“We have identified these problems, three of them – security, economy and fighting corruption.

“You have to secure our country to efficiently manage it. You have to create jobs for our youths and then we are fighting corruption which is continuous,” President Buhari said.

Gov. Aregbesola Swears In Justice Oyebola Ojo As Chief Judge

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola has sworn-in Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo as the Chief Judge of the State.

Governor Rauf Aregbesola described the judiciary as a vital guarantor of human freedom, which is often under threat, if not actual assault, from power while swearing in Justice Oyebola Ojo who has been serving as acting Chief Judge since March this year in Oshogbo, the state capital.

The governor also stressed that Justice and the rule of law are of such great significance in the heart of a responsive administration discouraged the abuse of power in the dispensation of civic duty.

According to Aregbesola, this is one of the essences of separation of powers so that there will be adequate checks and balances in the exercises of governmental powers.

He however charged Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo to carry out her duty truthfully, ensuring that justice is dispensed accurately without bias and in response, the new Chief Judge promised that the rule of law will be upheld in the discharge of her statutory duty.

Lagos state new legal year begins

Two weeks ago, on wednesday the 12th of September,the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Hon. Justice Aloma Mukhtar kicked off the new legal year at a ceremony in Abuja the Federal Capital Territory.

Last week it was the turn of the Lagos judiciary and it commenced it’s legal year ceremonies on Monday the 17th of September with the traditional church and mosque services.

On Law weekly, Our judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele brings us the highlights of the week long event.

Attorney General is example of lawyer misleading clients – Jiti Ogunye

Against the background of the comments of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, who during the swearing in of 25 Senior Advocate of Nigeria accused lawyers of deliberately misleading their clients, Jiti Ogunye, a Lagos based  legal practitioner said the AGF is a worse example of what he is criticizing.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s morning programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Ogunye asked “So what has the Attorney General been doing to the Federal government on many issues including that of Justice Salami?”

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