Justice Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, has said that the judiciary under his watch will strongly hold on to the tenets of the constitution as the Supreme law of the land.
The Nigerian government has been accused lately of disobeying the courts and choosing the orders it obeys.
“The rule of law must be observed in all our dealings and we must impress it on the governments at all levels to actively toe the path.
“The right of every citizen against any form of oppression and impunity must be jealously guarded and protected with the legal tools at our disposal.
“All binding court orders must be obeyed.
“Nobody, irrespective of his or her position, will be allowed to toy with court judgments,” he said.
“As we all know, flagrant disobedience of court orders or non compliance with judicial orders is a direct invitation to anarchy in the society.
“Such acts are completely antithetical to the rule of law in a democratic environment, and will not be tolerated under my watch as Chief Justice of Nigeria.
“We must work together to make Nigeria one of the frontline countries that observe the rule of law and rights of the citizens in all ramifications”.
“We have automated our library with Liberty5 software, our classifications and catalogues are now done online.
“We have also subscribed to Weatlaw which has content of over 6000 law books and journals, and access to the library will soon be made available to everyone that is entitled to browse,” the CJN said.
“Similarly, the court considered 759 appeals, comprising of 215 civil, 156 criminal and 388 political.
“A total of 324 judgments were delivered in the year: this score card is impressively fascinating.
“I attribute this tremendous success to the doggedness and team spirit exhibited by my brother justices and the general staff,”Mr Muhammad added.
“It is on record that we work from Monday to Friday every week: on Wednesdays we do Chamber sitting to consider noncontentious matters while we deliver judgments and rulings on Fridays”.
“As rightly observed, Nigerians are the most quarrelsome people on earth.
“In every little disagreement, we rush to court, in every lost case, we rush to appeal even up to the Supreme Court”, the CJN Said.
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