CJN tells corrupation accusers they are to be seen, not heard

cjn tells corrupation accusers they are to be seen, not heard
cjn tells corrupation accusers they are to be seen, not heard

The Nigerian Chief Justice, Ibrahim Muhammad, has responded to the judges who have accused him of corruption.

fourteen judges sent a protest letter to Muhammad, claiming that he had denied them their due.

Supreme Court accused Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad of corruption

The justices reported that Muhammad had obstructed their annual training abroad, which was intended to strengthen the court system’s capacity.

The main issues raised by the justices in their letter through a welfare committee were the following: non-replacement of poor vehicles; accommodation problem; lack of drugs at the Supreme Court clinic; epileptic electricity supply to the Supreme Court; increase in electricity tariff; no increase in diesel allowances; lack of internet services to residences and chambers.

In addition, they asserted that whereas the CJN made arrangements for his personal staff and family members to travel abroad, under Muhammad few judges have had the opportunity.

However, in a statement published on his behalf by his media aide Ahuraka Yusuf Isah, the fifth-ranked citizen of the nation claimed he had effectively managed the resources available to the supreme court.

“The Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Honorable Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammad, wishes to acknowledge receipt of the letter composed and addressed to him by his brother Justices of the Supreme Court Bench.”

“Judges in all climes are to be seen and not heard, which is why the CJN refrained from entering matters until a letter, alleged to be personal, went throughout the entire population. The rippling effect of the aforementioned letter was equivalent to our dancing naked in the market square.

“The Supreme Court does not operate in a vacuum; it is influenced by the country’s economic and sociopolitical circumstances. In general, however, the Supreme Court has been fulfilling its constitutional obligations.

“When constructing a budget, there are two sides: recurrent and capital, although both are broken down into components. The Federal Government releases its budget in accordance with the budget’s components. And it is a crime to spend money intended for one item on another.

This year, for example, the Supreme Court is re-roofing and rehabilitating its complex, which was constructed over 30 years ago. The enlargement of the complex is nearing completion, the lawns and perimeters are being meticulously maintained, and his brother Justices have appropriate security and water supply in their offices and houses. During the period of the pandemic, extra precautions were taken to prevent casualties among them and the personnel in general. It would have been irresponsible to redirect funds intended for the aforementioned for other purposes.

“The complaint thus far, in summation, is that more or everything should have been done, not that nothing has been done; this is utopian given the current state of our nation.

“Before eight new Justices were appointed to the Supreme Court bench in 2020, there was no additional funding to equip their new chambers with a library, legal help, residential accommodations, and logistics. The Supreme Court must utilise the available resources to satisfy its needs throughout time. The Justices of this Court all have at least one legal assistant, while some may choose to have more. One of the CJN’s legal assistants (now Justice Aina) was recently appointed to the Abuja FCT High Court, while another (Barr Ramatu) passed away three months ago. In general, the Judiciary anticipates hiring more legal assistants and other support workers this year.

“Additionally, two Supreme Court justices passed away during the period under review. Both the four retirees and the two departing employees cost the court money in the form of pensions and stipends.

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