Following the voluntary resignation of Justice Walter Onnoghen, a group of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, under the aegis of Justice Reform Project have said it should not be the end of corruption allegations leveled against him, that other judges should also be probed.
They further said that with the gravity of the allegations against the Justice Onnoghen, the law should be made to respect no one.
SANs therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to extend corruption probe to all other judges, in order to figure out judges who live above their legitimate means.
According to a statement made by the Justice Reform Project on tuesday, JRP said Buhari should endeavor to probe other judges in order to convince Nigerians that Onnoghen’s trial was not based on political motives and ethnic colouration.
JRP said “Beyond Honourable Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, the JRP believes the revelations that have been made in the course of this affair necessitate that urgent steps be taken to identify and sanction all other Nigerian judicial officers who are found to posses inexplicable wealth that cannot be reconciled with their legitimate income or their asset declarations, two of the allegations made against Justice Onnoghen.
These steps are necessary for a variety of reasons. First, to ensure public confidence in the judiciary and disabuse the notion that all judicial officers in Nigeria are corrupt and that justice is for sale.
Second, to disabuse the notion that Justice W.SN. Onnoghen’s travails are a mere witch-hunt motivated by ethnic and political interests rather than the result of a genuine concern for sanitising and reforming the Nigerian judiciary.
Third, to eliminate the suspicion that the executive arm of government is using the information it has access to, by virtue of its control over the apparatus of the state, to take selective action only against those judicial officers that fail to do its bidding.”
SANs appealed to Nigerian lawyers as well as members of the public to forward any corruption information on any judge they know to relevant regulatory agencies.
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