KUNLE ADESUI, Abuja
Newly confirmed Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Mohammad Tanko has admitted that there is corruption in the Judiciary most especially at the lowest ebb of Judiciary.
Tanko made this known in response to the question asked by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele on the corruption index in the Judiciary.
Tanko who was confirmed after he was grilled for closed two hours also told the lawmakers that there is no available facilities that will accommodate new justices of Supreme Court.
The CJN stated that corruption is a two way strait involving a giver and a taker; recommending same punitive punishments to serve as deterrents to culprits.
Tanko however asked the legislature to sanitize the society with a wholistic review of Nigerian laws.
He said,” Nigeria Judiciary is part and parcel of Nigeria therefore am not surprised if I see some judges that are corrupt , but that does not mean that anyone indicted should not face the law, the most worrisome aspect of it is that it happens at the lowest ebb of Judiciary.”
The position of Chief Justice of Nigeria on accommodation is coming after President Muhammadu Buhari had written to Tanko for the appointment of new additional five justices of Supreme Court.
According to him, we don’t have vacant offices for the justices that will come if they come now, we have to remove junior officers rhier offices in order to accommodate new justices.
The CJN was shielded by the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan to respond to Senator Ajayi Borofice on where the power of appropriation lies between the executive and the legislature.
Earlier before the confirmation of CJN, the Senate was in closed door for about 30 minutes before grilling the the CJN.The
Upper legislative chamber went into the session after Senate leader, Abdullahi Abubakar, moved a motion for the confirmation of the acting CJN to be confirmed.
On Tuesday, Senate President Ahmad Lawan had asked that copies of Muhammad’s curriculum vitae (CVs) be shared among the senators. Muhammad has been occupying the office of CJN in an acting capacity since January.
He took over the office after President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Walter Onnoghen for alleged misconduct.
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