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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

How Nigerian govt can end impunity – CJN Onnoghen

How Nigerian govt can end impunity – CJN Onnoghen

Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, yesterday, tasked the various arms of government to put an end to the culture of impunity in the country.

According to him, unless the rule of law is respected by the people and government of Nigeria, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption and injustice would fail.

He stated this in Abuja during a special court session at the Supreme Court to mark the commencement of its 2018/2019 legal year.

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He said: “Corruption or any other form of injustice, for that matter, thrives in a culture of impunity. To carry out a successful campaign against corruption, we have to fight the culture of impunity, which is an attitudinal phenomenon.

“If we allow and respect the rule of law, then there will be a dramatic reduction in corruption and injustice. Corruption starts with a decision by an individual or a group of individuals to do the wrong thing. It is as simple as that. Corruption is never an accidental act. The person who commits a corrupt act has an option to do the right thing.

“Corruption in the judicial arm of government happens if an arbiter, in this case a magistrate, a judge, a justice or a panel, having heard from all parties and having determined where justice lies, decides to do the wrong thing by giving judgment to favour a particular individual or party over another.”

He further urged Justices of the Supreme Court and judicial officers across the federation to resist attempts by those he described as “rapacious elite” to make justice a commercial commodity.

Highlight of the special court session was the swearing-in of 30 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SAN.

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