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Nigeria’s judiciary has fallen so low that not even saints may salvage it, according to a Senate panel.The panel lamented that the judiciary came to this sorry pass with the attendant high level of corruption because of a paucity of funds.But the panel is hopeful that a special intervention fund could bring sanity to the third arm of government.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele (APC Ekiti Central), made these observations after a confirmation hearing session for Justice John Tsoho and Justice Benedict Bakwaoh Kanyip. Justice Tsoho’s nomination as the chief judge of the Federal High Court and Justice Kanyip nomination as President, National Industrial Court of Nigeria, were forwarded to the Senate for confirmation by President Muhammadu Buhari last week. Bamidele, in his remarks, which dwelt on the submissions made by the justices, said the judiciary was very vulnerable to compromise. He added that based on the realities on ground as regards the paucity of funds, not even a saint from heaven could take over the job of a judge and stay clean of corruption.
The panel chairman noted that no democracy could grow or survive with a compromised judiciary, thus the urgent need for a special intervention fund.“The problem at hand is that the judiciary is corrupt and it is time for Nigeria and Nigerians to rise up and rescue it with adequate funding. As it is with the nation’s judiciary today, even if saints are appointed from heaven to serve as justices and judges, it is only strength of character that can prevent them from being corrupt and dispense justice as required,” he said.