by Azeez Adeniyi
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen on Wednesday asked judges to desist from accepting gratification.
Justice Onnoghen spoke at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja, during the opening session of the 2017 Sensitisation Seminar for the Federal Capital Territory and State High Court judges.
Onnoghen said bribery in the judiciary could lead to economic collapse.
He said, “Although judges are subject to the same human frailty as all other members of the society, while at the same time maintaining judicial independence, you must expect your conduct to be the subject of constant public scrutiny.
“Various aspects of misconduct, including accepting gratification, when such delicate matters touching on deposits and investors’ funds are before Your Lordships must be avoided.
“Where judges indulge in such acts, the repercussion would be that of placing the wealth of the nation out of reach from regulation and inviting financial collapse of the entire economy.”
He advised judges to be mindful of the nation’s financial stability while playing their adjudicatory roles.