Former Speaker urges Onnoghen to tackle corruption in judiciary




Abuja –  Mr Nwoha Amaechi, a former Speaker, Imo House of Assembly has called on Justice Walter Onnoghen, acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) to address the menace of corruption in the judiciary.

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Amaechi who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja congratulated the new acting CJN on his appointment.

“Restoring the confidence of the people in the judiciary by flushing out bad eggs in that sector is imperative to a virile judicial system.

“The new chief justice is coming at the most difficult time for the judiciary and he will be having very difficult task restoring the damaged image of the organ.

“I congratulate him as I also expect him to immediately swing into action in addressing the high level of corruption particularly in the bench,’’ he said.

The former Speaker, who is also a lawyer, commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in fighting corruption and urged the other arms of government to complement it.

He stressed that “it is disastrous for the judiciary which is the last hope of the common man to be involved in corruption’’.

Amaechi said that with Justice Onnoghen’s qualification and competence, he had no doubt that he would rid the judiciary of the menace of corruption.

He also called for quick confirmation of Onnoghen as a substantive CJN.

NAN recalls that Onnoghen was sworn-in in acting capacity to replace the former CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed who retired at the mandatory age of 70 years.

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