The Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN) Tanko Ibrahim Mohammed says he wants the country’s judiciary to e the best in the world.
He made the remark on Wednesday, while speaking to Journalists, soon after he was sworn-in as the 18th Chief Justice of Nigeria.
He said: “I will want to see the Nigerian judiciary become the best judiciary n the world although we are still learning but I am proud to say Nigerian judiciary I am sure is one of the best in Africa. If you take a look at our judicial officers, all of us are fully trained yet all of us at intervals go on courses so that we remind ourselves of the ethics binding on us.”
He therefore sought for cooperation form the entire citizens of the country, so that the judiciary will attain the best height globally.
On the involvement of some Judges in corruptible acts, Justice Mohammed said it was unfortunate that some Judges allowed some people to serve as links between them and people standing trials in court, leading to the Judges being accused of corruption.
“You see many people don’t know what usually happened. Anytime you allow go-betweens, that is people posing as links between a judge and perhaps somebody who is standing trial. Don’t ever believe in that kind of thing; except what is told to you in court, don’t believe in any other way because this is the issue, wait let them tell you in the court that this is the position of the law.
Some people are going asking for money here and there. I am sure any Judge or any Justice, who is in his real sense, can never send somebody to go and collect money for him because he knows that he is being paid by government for what he does. Anybody who is not satisfied with his job and he wants money, the Judiciary or the judicial line is not a line for money making,” he said.
On the fight against corruption, the CJN said the judiciary will help government succeed in the fight, for the benefit of the entire nation.
“We are supporting the government in fighting corruption because we interpret the law and sometimes come with better interpretations even. We have been speeding up any case that has to do with the allegation of corruption. We speed it up, so that if anybody requires to go to jail, he will go to jail and we will see that this transcends to the lower arm of the judiciary so that even the area and magistrate courts will see what we do and they will be bound by what we do,”he explained.
The new Chief Justice encouraged all those who have facts on the involvement of Judges in corruption, to approach him but must be ready to substantiate.
While also speaking to Journalists, Bauchi state Governor, Bala Mohammed, said he was happy that an indigene of the state was appointed to serve in such an exalted position.
“We feel very excited by this very auspicious appointment of our elder brother who has distinguished himself as a jurist, somebody of very high integrity. The whole state where I represent is excited by his appointment and indeed the country because he is going to bring pedigree, professionalism and excellence to the judiciary,” the Governor said.
Earlier, the CJN was sworn-in by President Buhari at the Council chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, at about 9:20 local time, shortly after which he had a group photograph with the President, flanked by his wives and children.
Vice President Yemii Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Speaker of the House of Representatives and some state Governors graced the occasion.
Justice Tanko Mohammed has been acting as the Chief Justice of Nigeria since January.