Leaked Memo: No disaster amongst Justices in Supreme Court docket – Newly confirmed CJN Ariwoola

The newly confirmed Chief Justice of Nigeria ( CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola advised Senators Wednesday that there isn’t any disaster amongst Justices of the Supreme Court docket , insinuated from leaked memo to the fast previous CJN, Mohammed Tanko.

Justice Ariwoola made the clarification whereas responding to questions from Senators throughout his screening by the Senate which finally led to his affirmation as Chief Justice of Nigeria ( CJN) by the Higher Legislative Chamber.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo – Agege , Chairman , Senate Committee on Judiciary, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele and few others, had of their remarks earlier than asking questions, expressed fear on embarrassment alleged petitions written to Justice Mohammed Tanko by 15 different Justices of the Supreme Court docket in June this 12 months , triggered Nigerians.

However Justice Ariwoola in response to the lawmakers’s remarks , mentioned Supreme Court docket Justices didn’t write petition to or towards Justice Mohammed Tanko as CJN then , however inner memo on the best way to handle challenges being confronted by them as regards welfare and unconducive working atmosphere.

” Justices of the Supreme Court docket didn’t write petition to or towards Justice Mohammed Tanko as CJN few months again however memo the place points regarding welfare of every of the Justices and unconducive working atmosphere of Justices on the Supreme Court docket usually have been raised .

” We the Justices have been embarrassed after we learn content material of our memo within the papers .

” It was by no means meant to be for public consumption because the motive behind the memo was to not combat or deliver down anyone .

” When the hand written memo was signed by all of the Justices , we didn’t enable anyone to see it , making its leakage to the media to be like a miracle to us “, he mentioned .

He nevertheless mentioned a lot of the points raised within the memo are nonetheless not attended to , on account of paucity of fund and poor funding of the Supreme Court docket specifically and Judiciary usually .

“A few of the Justices appointed in 2020 , haven’t gotten official lodging , making them to be coming to workplace from Satellite tv for pc cities throughout the FCT.

” Judiciary of Nigeria have to be correctly funded , we must always not beg for our entitlements .

” Extra Justices have to be appointed as out of 21 wanted within the Supreme Court docket, solely 13 are left and for expeditious consideration of circumstances , a number of the circumstances ought to be allowed to cease on the Court docket of Attraction via structure modification to that impact .

” The Nationwide Meeting ought to please assist on this regard by finishing up required structure amendments wanted “, he added .

On delay in Justice administration, Justice Ariwoola mentioned as Justice delayed is seen as Justice denied, so is Justice rushed , Justice denied .

In response to him , the wheel of Justice could also be sluggish however so long as it’s regular , Justice will at all times be served on those that deserved it .

He added that appointment of Judicial officers , is totally different from dancing ‘palango ‘ because it takes a lawyer to be on the bar for no less than ten years earlier than securing appointment as Choose of State or Federal Excessive Court docket and minimal of 15 years for such appointment on the Court docket of Attraction.

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