Group hails NJC over verdict on Osun judge, others

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

A group, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has praised the National Judicial Council (NJC) on its decision to sack errant judges from the bench.

The group in a statement issued on Thursday by its Media Coordinator, Mr. Wale Salami, also want the Economic Financial and other Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prosecute the affected ex-judicial  officers.

Salami quoted the Executive Chairman of the group, Mr. Debo Adeniran as lauding the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mahmud Mohammed for vowing to dismiss errant judges from the judiciary.

He wrote that Adeniran said the development was a welcomed one and one which correlate with its position that the Nigerian Judiciary was not impervious to corruption contrary to what the public is being led to believe.

“Nigerians and indeed the media will recall the incessant calls we have been making to the Federal Government to extend its anti-corruption drive to cover the Judiciary irrespective of the perceived infallible image of the sector which appear to have bestowed immunity to probes, investigations and prosecutions on it.” The statement reads in part.

“Prior to now, CACOL had always asserted that the Judiciary was very crucial to the success of the anti-corruption war and that with a corrupt Judiciary, the war against corruption would not succeed. We added that the Judiciary could purge itself of corrupt tendencies if the right measures were put in place and implemented and that this applied to other arms of government’’

“It has become pertinent to highlight the negative roles of some abettors and aiders of corruption in the law profession are playing in frustrating the progress of the anti-corruption drive for pecuniary gains at the expense of the consequences of their sharp practices to the country economically and morally.”Adeniran continued.

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