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Nigeria: Judicial council dismisses report of corruption as subjective, speculative
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By Theo Adegoke
August 20, 2017 17:26:12pm GMT      |      Views: 297
Abuja City Gate

WorldStage Newsonline-- Nigeria’s National Judicial Council (NJC) has dismissed the survey by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and National Bureau of Statistics (NBC) listing the Judiciary as the second most corrupt public institution in the country after the Police, saying it was not only subjective but speculative.

The UNODC and NBS, in the report titled: “Corruption in Nigeria: Bribery – public experience and response,” released in Abuja on August 16, said it found that the public service is the most corrupt sector in the country, with law enforcement agencies, particularly the police and the Judiciary being most susceptible to corruption.

NJC, in a statement said, although there were few bad eggs in the Judiciary, the institution had consistently taken necessary steps curb corrupt practices among its personnel.

In the statement signed by its Director, Information, Soji Oye, the NJC queried the criteria adopted by the UNODC and NBS in arriving at their conclusion.

The statement read: “The question that should agitate the minds of the people is the criteria used by the UNODC and the NBS to measure the level of bribe taking in the Judiciary to grade it as the second largest receiver of bribe.

“For instance, what is the percentage of Judges caught receiving bribe out of a total number of 1059 judges in both the federal and state Judiciaries? What is the percentage of Magistrates caught taking bribe from an estimated total number of 4,000 in the country?

“How many Judges or Magistrates have been arrested and/or prosecuted and convicted of corruption till date to deduce such conclusions? One then wonders the criteria used by the organisations to arrive at the conclusion.

“There is no denial of the fact that there are few bad eggs in the Judiciary, like in every other arm of government; at the same time, there are many honest and hardworking judicial officers and Magistrates making the Judiciary and the country proud.

“It should be noted that the Judiciary is the only arm of government that has been investigating its judicial officers and dealt appropriately with those found guilty by dismissal or removal from office, subject to approval for such recommendation from the President or the Governor of a State as the case may be, and publish such in electronic and print media for the consumption of the public.

“Members of the general public are also aware that the NJC has been recommending Judges found guilty of corrupt practices to the appropriate security agencies for prosecution.

“It is unfortunate that this orchestrated allegation is coming at a time the current Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, Hon. Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, GCON, is making frantic efforts to stamp out corruption, restructure the Judiciary and also give the Nigerian legal system a new lease of life for the rule of law to take its firm roots in the country.

“The Judiciary calls on the general public to disregard the aforestated allegation as it is untrue, baseless, unfounded and a figment of the Agencies’ imagination.

“The National Judicial Council, as usual, calls on members of the public to forward written petitions against any judicial officer found soliciting or receiving bribes or otherwise engaging in conducts unbecoming of a judicial officer to the National Judicial Council for appropriate action.” 

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