- CJN Tanko Muhammad has informed new tribunal judges what they should guard against during the Ondo and Edo elections
- Muhammad encouraged the judges to be firm against temptations and intimidations from some politicians especially after the polls
- The CJN warned that he will not tolerate lawlessness and abuse of power on the part of the judges
Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, on Thursday, September 10, told the newly sworn-in election tribunal judges for the Ondo and Edo governorship elections how they are to conduct themselves.
Muhammad charged the 85 new judges to be firm and resilient even in the midst of possible blackmail and enticements thrown at them by politicians.
The CJN encouraged the judges to remain upright as they discharged their duties especially after the elections in both states.
He said: “There is no doubt that temptations, tribulations, intimidations and even sheer blackmails may be unleashed on you. But as thoroughbred judicial officers, you must gird your loins to rise above all and do what will earn you accolade in the court of public opinion.
“You are expected to conduct your affairs within the ambit of the law and the oath that has just been administered on you, as anything short of that will place you on the wrong side of history and God will ask you questions that you may not be confident enough to answer.”
Reminding them to count themselves lucky getting the rare opportunity to serve the nation in this capacity, the CJN warned that he will not tolerate any act of lawlessness or abuse of power from the judges.
Meanwhile, Muhammad had ordered all chief judges to decongest all prisons in the country as a way of curbing the spread of coronavirus.
CJN Muhammad gave the order to all federal and state chief judges on Friday, May 15.
According to the CJN's directives, each chief judge is to pay a visit to prisons in his or her jurisdiction and ensure that criminal cases were quickly attended to.
A part of the statement that contains the order read: “It has become imperative for your lordships to embark on immediate visit to all custodial/correctional centres within your respective states to identify and release deserving inmates, where that has not been done already.”
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