Onnoghen: 20 SANs Demand Reform Of NJC

No fewer than twenty Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) have jointly described the suspension and trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, as an indication of rot in the Judicial arm of the Federal Government.

Speaking under the aegis of the Justice Reform Project on Saturday, the SANs described the allegation of false assets declaration against CJN Onnoghen as an embarrassment to the judiciary.

The group of senior lawyers said there is urgent need for reforms in the judiciary to fix what they described as “the manifestation of deeper malaise” in the judicial system.

They said in a statement: “Certain facts are hardly contestable.There is a widespread perception that there is corruption in the judiciary and this perception is supported by anecdotal evidence.

“Unscrupulous litigants and some complicit lawyers, including some Senior Advocates, procure judgments and orders by corrupt means. It is also beyond dispute that the system for self-regulation in the judiciary and the legal profession has failed. Lack of transparency and a depreciation of the basic ethos of governance in the processes and procedures of the relevant institutions lies at the very heart of the challenges that the Bench and the Bar are currently facing.”

SANs who signed the statement are Mr Ebun Sofunde, Mr Kayode Sofola, Kola Awodein, Ademola Akinrele, Dr Eyimofe Atake, Mrs Olufunke Adekoya, Oluwafemi Atoyebi, Mr Yemi Candide-Johnson, Olasupo Shasore, Dr Babatunde Ajibade, Osaro Eghobamien, and Mr Babatunde Fagbohunlu.

Others are Mr Wemimo Ogunde, Mr Jibrin Okutepa, Mr Olumide Sofowora, Prof Ernest Ojukwu, Mr Olatunde Adejuyigbe, Dr Adewale Olawoyin, Mr Adeniyi Adegbonmire, and Mr Oyesoji Oyeleke.

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