The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has tasked judges to shun the lure of corruption and dispence justice without fear or favour.
The Chief Justice, who made this call, Tuesday, said the judiciary was prepared to carry out self examination and purge itself by weeding out corrupt and indolent judges.
Mohammed, while flagging-off 2016 annual judges conference of the Federal High Court in Abuja, lamented that the judiciary is being ridiculed by few judges in its rank, who have compromised their integrity .
To him, such acts of misconduct “rubs off on the rest of us and creates the impression that all judicial officers have their hands soiled with the proceeds of corruption”.
“That is why the independence of the judiciary must remain unquestionable if we are to retain the trust and confidence of the people of Nigeria.
“We must shun the lure of corruption and the temptation to adjudicate on narrow perceived grounds, which may offend even our own rules of court.
“Similarly, we must ensure that unnecessary delay is not countenanced nor permitted within our courts.
“No doubt, where we dispense justice promptly, properly and transparently, in active collaboration with all stakeholders in the administration of justice, then the reputation of our courts within the public sphere will be enhanced”, he said.