- September 19, 2017
- Posted by: Godwin Elijah
- Category: National News
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen has announced a plan to create special courts solely for the purpose of hearing and speedily determining corruption and financial crime cases.
Onnoghen broke the news while speaking at the opening of the 2017/2018 Legal Year, and the swearing-in of 29 members of the Nigerian Bar Association conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in Abuja.
According to the CJN, all heads of courts have been directed to compile and forward to the National Judicial Council comprehensive lists of all corruption and financial crime cases being handled by their various courts.
Justice Onnoghen urged members of the public to stop offering bribes to judicial officers, noting that the full weight of the law would be visited on anyone caught in the act and harped on the need for the judiciary to be independent, stressing that every appearance of influence or hindrance towards that must be resisted.
Congratulating the newly appointed senior advocates, the CJN urged them to imbibe every virtue of excellence, integrity and diligence at all times.