The President of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, have both taken a swipe at the Presidency, the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over their recent attacks on the judiciary.
The CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, and the NBA President, Augustine Alegeh, SAN, on Wednesday, February 10, during the valedictory court session held in honour of a retiring Justice of the Apex Court, Muhammad Muntaka-Coomassie, in Abuja refuted claims of “corruption” and “bias” against the Judiciary.
Recently, judgments of the Supreme Court on the dispute over the 2015 governorship elections in States such as: Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Abia, Delta, and Ebonyi, have drawn criticism against the judiciary, with many labeling the apex court’s decisions as a product of corruption.
Following the decision of the Apex Court to uphold the election of the Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, the APC candidate in the state, Dakuku Peterside, has alleged that the court’s decision was procured.
He maintained that the Apex Court’s judgment that affirmed the election of Wike, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was contrived to legalize electoral violence and rigging.
Recently, Buhari had taken a swipe at the integrity of the judiciary and its ability to dispense justice in cases of corruption, without compromise. Adding that the temple of justice was his major “headache.’’
The EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, was not left out, as he has also passed a damning verdict on members of the judiciary.
Magu made this allegation during a forum on Wednesday, February 10, as he accused prominent lawyers of frustrating the ongoing war against corruption in the country.