Executive Rascality: Judiciary Draws Battle Line With FG

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, has warned that the judiciary will resist future attacks on its officials, while strongly condemning Justice Odili home invasion.

The CJN gave the note of warning during the special court session to mark the 2021/2022 New Legal Year and the inauguration of 72 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria in Abuja.

There was a public outcry when security operatives invaded the Abuja residence of the second most senior justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Mary Odili, on October 29, 2021.

The breach was similar to the October 2016 raids on residences of judges of courts across the country by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) over allegations of corruption.

Read Also: N7bn Illegal Charges by Zenith Bank: Court Fixes Judgement Day

Justice Muhammad said the judiciary has now had enough of such executive rascality and would no longer take such shenanigans.

“By the nature of our work, we are conservative but not conquered species and should not be pushed further than this by the government,” he said.

“With time, those taking the judiciary as mere weakling, will soon realise that it is from the calmest seas we often experience the fiercest storms. The time to oppress, suppress and intimidate judicial officers is gone.

The CJN informed that the new direction on search warrants now requires the approval by the Chief Judge’s of the state.

Also Read: Judiciary Holds Valedictory Session in Honor of Late Jurist Samuel Ilori

In a remarks, the chairman of Body of Benchers, Mr. Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), and President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Olumide Akpata, called for the prosecution of suspects arrested in connection with the invasion of Justice Odili’s residence.

“It is not enough that some people have been arrested; Nigerians must know who they are,” Awomolo said.

Akpata said the bar could not fold its hands and watch the desecration of the Bench.


Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Back to top button
Verified by MonsterInsights