Justice Mahmud Mohammed who is the chief justice of Nigeria has warned that any judicial officer found guilty of corruption would be forced to face the wrath of the law.
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, and Administrator, National Judicial Institute, Justice Rosaline Bozimo Photos?Daily Trust
Daily Trust reports that the chief justice issued this warning in Abuja while he was declaring the refresher course for judicial officers open with the theme “promoting judicial performance through innovations and reforms”. The programme took place at the National Judicial Institute on March 14.
Justice Mohammed noted that every Nigerian has experienced the effect of corruption and urged every citizen to join the fight against the menace.
“At this crucial time in our nation’s history, we must show red card to corruption, while joining hands as patriotic citizens to campaign for zero-tolerance for corrupt practices within our courts.
“We must not forget our noble duty as Ministers in the Temple of justice to uphold the rule of law impartially and without fear”.
He said the judiciary has been forced the bear to brunt of unjust criticism over delays in the administration of justice.
He admonished judges to treat cases related to economic crimes and corruption with the necessary urgency and dispense justice quickly while also applying the law strictly in order to render justice in a satisfactory manner to all parties.
President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to wipe out corruption in the country. However, amidst speculation that Justice Mohammed had fallen out with President Buhari over the continued detention of high-profile detainees, a source close to the chief justice has denied the claim.