Corruption in Nigeria’s Judiciary is Common -HURIWA to AGF

Corruption in Nigeria’s Judiciary is Common -HURIWA to AGF

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria HURIWA has urged the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to admit the widespread corruption in Nigeria’s judiciary.

The group in a statement by its national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, likened the issue of corruption in the Judiciary to a nine-month pregnancy, impossible to hide from public perception any longer.

HURIWA recall that Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), AGF and Minister of Justice, warned politicians against accusing judges of corruption without concrete evidence.

 However, the group reminds Fagbemi that many citizens perceive it as corrupt for judges to beg for land allocation from ministers or officials they may later preside over in court cases.

‘’This is especially true given Nyesom Wike’s recent statement about President Bola Tinubu’s directive to allocate lands to judges and other government officials.’’

HURIWA also noted an ICPC report that claims bribery among lawyers offered and paid between 2018-2020 amounted to N9.458 billion, with female judges reporting N3,307,444,000 billion while male judges reported N392220000 million; much related directly or indirectly with election matters.

HURIWA urges constitutional amendments making National Judicial Council entirely independent outside control by Chief Justice because CJN who himself was banned from entering USA due alleged judicial corruption may not have will power fight pervasive judicial corruption which constituted big cog in wheel progress nation justice system.

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