- The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, says no individual can influence the decision of the Supreme Court
- Justice Muhammad emphasises the independence of the Supreme Court and its judges saying they cannot be intimidated
The Chief Justice of Nigeria insists that the Supreme Court and its judges are only answerable to God
The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, on Thursday, May 9, declared that there is no human being that can influence the judgement of the Supreme Court in Nigeria.
CJN Muhammad said this when he hosted officials of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) led by Muiz Banire, the organisation’s chairman.
According to the CJN, judges of the Supreme Court are only answerable to God and there is no one that can intimidate or influence them during decision taking.
In a statement by the spokesperson of the court, Festus Akande, the CJN said the judges take their time in taking notes and writing judgements to avoid making mistakes.
“We subject every case before us to intense debates and arguments during our conferences in order to be as dispassionate and objective as possible.
“Let me state clearly that we are not answerable to anybody and can never be intimidated by anybody whatsoever in taking our decisions,” Justice Muhammad said.
He added: “But for certain, we are only answerable to God Almighty because he is the owner of our lives. No human being, living or dead, can influence the reasoning or judgments of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.”
He emphasized the independence of the Supreme Court because of the enormity of the trust and responsibility reposed in the judges by God, the constitution and the nation.
Legit.ng earlier reported how an Abuja division of the Federal High Court refused to grant an order to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from swearing in Justice Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.
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The court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, fixed May 13, to enable President Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the National Judicial Council (NJC) as well as the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) to adduce reason why Justice Muhammad should not be declared unfit to finally take over the leadership of the judiciary.
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