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Accepting bribe could lead to economic collapse, CJN warns judges


CJN, Justice Walther Onnoghen

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walther Onnoghen, on Wednesday, urged judges to desist from engaging in misconduct such as accepting gratification, which he said could lead to economic collapse.

Justice Onnoghen spoke at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja, during the opening session of the 2017 Sensitisation Seminar for the Federal Capital Territory and State High Court judges.

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The event with the theme, ‘Challenges to deposit insurance law and practice in Nigeria’, was organised by the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation in collaboration with the NJI.

The CJN said the workshop was a confirmation that regulators in the financial sector recognised “the importance of the role played by the judiciary in ensuring financial system stability in Nigeria.”

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He said, “Although judges are subject to the same human frailty as all other members of the society, while at the same time maintaining judicial independence, you must expect your conduct to be the subject of constant public scrutiny.

“Various aspects of misconduct, including accepting gratification, when such delicate matters touching on deposits and investors’ funds are before Your Lordships must be avoided.

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“Where judges indulge in such acts, the repercussion would be that of placing the wealth of the nation out of reach from regulation and inviting financial collapse of the entire economy.”

He advised judges to be mindful of the nation’s financial stability while playing their adjudicatory roles.