1,124 Corruption Cases Are Pending In Courts–CJN

By Ikenga Chronicles November 1, 2017

1,124 Corruption Cases Are Pending In Courts–CJN

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen on Wednesday disclosed that he has received 1,124 corruption cases from heads  courts of the various jurisdictions across Nigeria.
He stated this while speaking during the inauguration of the Corruption and Other Financial Cases Trial Monitoring Committee (COTRIMCO), at the complex of the National Judicial Council.
 “All the institutions of the Judiciary and Heads of all the Courts have been advised to provide the Committee with all the necessary information and support to enable the Committee make decisions from informed perspective.” Onnoghen said.
Recall that the National Judicial Council had appointed a former President of the Court of Appeal, Ayo Salami, to head the 15-member committee. He later rejected the appointment based on personal grounds.
Accepting Mr. Salami’s decision, the CJN said he hoped that he would be available for other national judicial assignments in the future.
The CJN advised prosecution and defence counsel to shun unethical antics employed to delay hearing and determination of corruption cases as heads of courts had been directed to report such counsel.
He added that such counsel would be referred to the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (in the case of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria) or the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (in the case of other lawyers) for disciplinary measures.
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