The outgoing Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice MAHMUD MOHAMMED has said that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, ABUBAKAR MALAMI, had informed the National Judicial Council that he was set to prosecute some judges who were being investigated for alleged corruption.
The CJN, who leaves office on attaining the retirement age of 70 on Thursday, said the communication received from the AGF informed the decision of the NJC to ask the affected judges not to perform judicial functions until the cases against them were concluded.
He spoke at the Supreme Court, Abuja during the swearing in ceremony of Justices AMINA AUGIE and EJEMBI EKO to the Apex Court bench.
According to him, the decision reached at the NJC meeting held between November 2 and 3, asking the affected judges not to sit again, was to preserve the independence of the judiciary and the confidence of the public in the system.
He said further, Justice is rooted in confidence and where confidence in our judges is undermined and independence eroded, it is the nation that ultimately suffers most while true democracy is fatally undermined.
“Certainly, the decision of the National Judicial Council at its last meeting reflects our desire to preserve this independence,” Justice MAHMUD said.