Justice Tanko Muhammad, Nigeria’s chief justice on Thursday noted that if judicial officers are deprived of the necessary facilities, Nigeria will suffer “grave consequences.”
This alert was issued by the CJN in Port Harcourt, capital of the Rivers State, during the handing over of duplexes constructed by the Rivers State Government to state and federal judiciary judges at the Rivers.
He was represented by Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court.
Muhammadu further stated that Judges would be more confident to dispense justice if they had good shelter.
The CJN revealed that Lagos and Rivers rank among the most litigious states, Muhammad said manpower and materials are stretched far beyond the limit to attend to the large number of cases filed daily.
“That explains the enormity of work before Judges. A good car, shelter and good welfare package are some of those things that can serve as a magic wand to bring out the best from them.”
“Whenever we deliberately or inadvertently toil with the welfare of judicial officers, we are unconsciously inflicting a debilitating wound on the conscience of the nations.”
The CJN said the arm of government was not ignorant of Governor Nyesom Wike’s investment towards improving infrastructure in federal courts.
“Today, he is giving Judges a lifelong accommodation on an owner-occupier basis. This is good,” Muhammad added.