- Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), says financial autonomy to the judiciary is necessary to strengthen the democratic system
- Muhammad notes that the lack of financial autonomy will amount to abuse of rule of law which is undemocratic
- The CJN says the judiciary has been hampered to perform ultimately as a result of financial dependence on the executive branch
Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), has urged state governors to grant financial autonomy to the judiciary to strengthen the democratic system.
CJN speaking at the commissioning of Justice Umaru Abdullahi health clinic in Katsina, said the lack of financial autonomy will amount to abuse of rule of law which is undemocratic, Daily Trust reports.
Muhammad, who was represented by a Supreme Court judge, Justice Uwani Musa Abba-Aji, noted that the provisions of the constitution stipulate that the arms of government are partners for ensuring good governance and sustenance of democracy.
He, however, stated that the judicial arm in most cases is hampered to perform because of financial dependence on the executive branch.
Meanwhile, it is obvious that the former governor of Imo, Emeka Ihedioha, is not willing to back down after he was removed from his office by a Supreme court ruling.
After filing an application that the apex court should set aside its verdict that installed Hope Uzodinma as the new governor of the state, Ihedioha on Wednesday, February 5, said that he has hired a team over 30 lawyers for the imminent re-awakening of a legal battle, The Sun reports.
Confirming the development, a former Attorney-General of the state, Ndukwe Nnawuchi, said that the team has studied the judgment of the court and has told Ihedioha what to do based on their professional consideration.
Moreover, Nnawuchi said that one of the members of the team is a former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Kanu Agabi.
In another report, in reaction to a series of protests over his declaration by the Supreme Court as the authentic governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma, has sent a warning message to those who are protesting against his government.
The Nation reports that Governor Uzodinma said that his administration would deal with individuals and groups of persons sponsoring inciting protests in the state.
Legit.ng gathered that he said he would no longer tolerate any more protests designed to destabilise government activities and tamper with the peace of the state.
Meanwhile, the United States' embassy in Abuja was host to a protesting group which is reportedly in support of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration on Wednesday, February 5.
Channels TV reports that the protesters were with placards with various messages asking the American government not to meddle in the domestic affairs of Nigeria.
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