The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, has warned that Nigeria’s Judiciary has had enough of the embarrassment of its officers.
The CJN said he would not take kindly to a repeat of any ugly treatment from security operatives.
He warned that the silence of the Judiciary should never be mistaken for stupidity or weakness.
Justice Muhammad spoke on Wednesday in Abuja on the occasion of a Special session of the supreme court to mark the beginning of the 2021/2022 legal year and Conferment of the Rank of Senior Advocates of Nigeria.
“On a very sad note, I must say, we were jolted with the embarrassing news of the invasion of the official residence of one of our own, Hon Justice Mary Peter Odili, on Friday, October 29 by men suspected to be security operatives, acting on a search warrant.
“The said warrant was purportedly obtained from an Abuja Magistrate court under questionable circumstances.
“I must make it known to all and sundry that we have had enough dosage of such embarrassment and harassment of our Judicial officers across the country, and we can no longer take any of such shenanigans.
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“The silence of the Judiciary should never be mistaken for stupidity or weakness.
“By the nature of our work, we are conservative but not conquered species and should not be pushed further than this by any individual, institution or agency of government.
“With time, those taking Judiciary as a mere weakling will soon realise that it is from the calmest seas we often experience the fiercest storms.
“The time to oppress, suppress and intimidate judicial officers are gone.”
In his address, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olumide Akpata, emphasised on the need for the Judiciary to be reformed.
He added that the selection processes of Judges should be subjected to stricter scrutiny.