The topical issue of the moment is the judge gate where some judges were arrested in the wee hours of the night for being involved in corruptible acts in the dispensation of justice.
A lot of people, including me have written divergent views on the appropriateness or otherwise of the SSS to have detained the judges, but the one that has comprehensively captured the malady in the judicial arm of govt is a well articulated article written by one erudite lawyer by the name Inibehe Effiong and shared by Tanko Kyen Emoh Danjuma. The article which is quite long and the author warned our usual mentally lazy friends about the voluminous nature of the write up. I think he was appealing to all of us to take our time to read the article. Having known the attitude of a large proportion of our friends who are allergic to long post and in view of the its importance, I have decided to share some excerpts from the main dish which I think summarizes the long article for the benefit of all of us. Kindly read the excerpts.
….”The judiciary is a sacred institution that should not be desecrated. However there is no sacredness in corruption. Judges must at all times be treated with decency and respect befitting their office, but corrupt Judges must be identified like other criminals in the society. Nigeria is blessed with some of the best judicial brains that can be found any where in the world, but the nefarious activities of the bad eggs on the bench should never be tolerated under any guise. Judges are not above the law.“
….. “Instead of threatening the president, the Nigerian Bar Association ( NBA) should tell us what have they done about the recent murder of their member in Rivers state, ken Atsuwete? Where was the NBA when a high court judge was assaulted in open court in Ekiti state by political tugs led by the governor? Why did the NBA not declare state of emergency on the judiciary when Justice Salami Ayo was humiliated and disgraced out of the bench by the administration of Goodluck Jonathan despite NJC’s recommendation that he should be reinstated. What has the NBA done to Mr Ricky Tarfa, SAN, for allegedly bribing judges? Whose interest is NBA fighting for?
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…“Records have shown that judges in other jurisdictions, including the United States have been arrested, prosecuted and jailed for corruption and other related criminal conducts. Ghana recently purge it’s judiciary. If this is the time to uproot the pervasive cancer of corruption in the judiciary it is a welcome development and should be supported. Without check and balances, the doctrine of separation of powers is useless and unworkable. We cannot have a different standards for the rule of law; one for the influential and another for the poor or one for the judges and another for the rest of us.”