Onnoghen’s Resignation : 20-man group of aged Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) under the platform of the Justice Reform Project (JRP) on Tuesday said Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen’s resignation is not sufficient and thus should not be the end in view of “the grave nature of the allegations” against him.
The group said justice should run its course in the Onnoghen’s matter, and also urged the Nigerian Government to sanction other judges whose legitimate earnings are not commensurate with their wealth.
According to JRP, extending the anti-graft exercise to other judges will restore confidence in the Judiciary and debunk the impression that the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) was being victimised.
The group, set up to push for reforms in the judiciary/legal profession, is led by one of the oldest SANs, Ebun Sofunde, with Jibrin Okutepa, Dr Babatunde Ajibade, Prof Ernest Ojukwu, Osaro Eghobamien, Mrs. Funke Adekoya, Kayode Sofola, among others, as members.
Onnoghen’s Resignation :The group said that Onnoghen’s resignation/voluntary retirement is not an answer to the allegations made against him”, and thus justice which is no respecter of persons or position, should be allowed to take its course”.
The group noted that Onnoghen’s response to allegations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before the National Judicial Council (NJC) raises significant questions about how heads of courts manage judiciary’s funds.
“Without prejudice to the legitimate clamour for increased budgetary allocation to the judiciary, its financial independence and improvement in the working conditions of service of judicial officers, all of which JRP wholeheartedly supports, there must be better management of that which is currently allocated.
“The legal profession is a self-regulating one, so it behooves on all its members to take an active interest in maintaining the standards of rectitude and integrity expected of judicial officers and legal practitioners.According to JRP, extending the anti-graft exercise to other judges will restore confidence in the Judiciary and debunk the impression that the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) was being victimised.