The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Augustine Alegeh, SAN, during the valedictory court session held recently in honour of a retiring Justice of the Apex Court, Muhammad Muntaka-Coomassie, in Abuja refuted claims of “corruption” and “bias” against the Judiciary.
The Supreme Court judgment on the dispute over the 2015 governorship elections in States such as: Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Abia, Delta, and Ebonyi, have drawn criticism against the judiciary, with many labeling the apex court’s decisions as a product of corruption.
Following the decision of the Apex Court to uphold the election of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the state, Dakuku Peterside, alleged that the court’s decision was procured.
He maintained that the Supreme Court’s judgment that affirmed the election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Nyesom Wike, was contrived to legalize electoral violence and rigging.
Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari had taken a swipe at the integrity of the judiciary and its ability to dispense justice in cases of corruption, without compromise, describing the temple of justice as his major ‘headache.’
The Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, was not left out, as he has also passed a damning verdict on members of the judiciary.
Magu made this allegation during a forum on Wednesday, February 10, as he accused prominent lawyers of frustrating the ongoing war against corruption in the country.