According to reports, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has said the National Judicial Council, NJC, decided to suspend the indicted judges in order to preserve the independence of the judiciary.
Justice Mohammed, during the swearing in of two new Justices of the Supreme Court, Justices Amina Augie and Ejembi Eko, said the council took the decision following communication it received from the attorney-general of the federation.
He said, “The Council tool this stand following communications it received from the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice that he was embarking on the prosecution of the affected judicial officers for the offences disclosed against them from the evidence on the ground.
“We must not forget that we operate a constitutional democracy, which clearly prescribes the powers accorded to each organ of the state. I therefore wish to state without fear of contradiction that the third arm of government will remain resolute in its commitment and resolve to uphold its independence and to adjudicate with utmost fairness and Justice as prescribed in our constitution and the law”, the CJN stated.
He however charged the new justices of the apex court and other judicial officers to continue to be diligent in the discharge of their duties.
“You must remain blind to personality and status and remain the hope of all men, whether common or uncommon. Hence, the integrity and impartiality of our courts must not be in question or compromised. I am confident that with the institutions and initiatives that we have put in place, the Nigerian judiciary will evolve to meet the high standards demanded by our citizens,” he stated.