A former Lagos state commissioner of police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav has advised new acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Tanko Mohammed to initiate reforms that would sanitise the judiciary. This was contained in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Saturday, January 26, in Makurdi, Benue state, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
“Mohammed needs to learn from the events leading to his appointment as a wake-up call to initiate reforms and to embark on anti-corruption crusade needed to sanitise the judiciary,” he said. He however, regretted that Buhari’s decision to suspend Onnoghen had been given political and ethnic coloration by some Nigerians instead of focusing on the crime that led to his suspension. “The Nigerian judiciary has came to a low point that requires intensive damage control. The bold step taken by Mr President is a welcome development that will save its remaining integrity. “It is most unfortunate that this bold step towards saving the judiciary from itself is being given both political and ethnic coloration. “The arguments being pushed forward by those speaking in favour of Onnoghen are in reality casting aspersion on his integrity for a judicial officer of his stature should not be portrayed as being a card carrying member of a political party for its chieftains to rise in his vehement defense,” Tsav said.
The immediate past federal commissioner, Public Complaints Commission (PCC) further commended the President for the bold step and urged the former CJN Onnoghen to go and clear his name in the Court of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) He further stated: “The law is no respecter of persons so Onnoghen should prove to Nigerians that he believes in the treatment he had dished to them for several decades now; he himself admitted committing the infractions. It is now up to him to argue extenuating circumstances in defence of his action.” Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Friday, January 25, decried the suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, and referred to it as a coup against the judiciary. The NBA, through its president, Paul Usoro, in a statement made available to Legit.ng, equated the move by the federal government to the suspension of the nation’s constitution, adding that the appointment of Muhammed cannot be upheld.