CSNAC Challenges Chief Justice Aloma To Investigate Ministerial Grant To Judiciary

By SaharaReporters, New York

Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), a coalition of over 150 anti-corruption organizations, has challenged the Chairman of the National Judicial Council, Justice Mariom Aloma Muktar to publish a thorough review of an annual grant to the judiciary that was established about 10 years ago.

In a petition dated April 2, 2013, CSNAC Chairman Olanrewaju Suraju drew the attention of Justice Muktar to the confirmation of the existence of the annual facility by the man who established it, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai.

On page 202 of his new book, “The Accidental Public Servant,” El-Rufai wrote, “...We also decided to budget an annual grant to support our judiciary to procure court recording and automation equipment…”

The former Minister wrote that the establishment of the facility was in appreciation of the support offered the FCT judiciary (under Chief Judge, Justice Lawal Hassan Gummi) during his tenure as Minister of the FCT.

Noting that it was well aware that the grants or allocations were outside the FCT judiciary budget, CSNAC said, “We are therefore, by this petition demanding that the National Judicial Council (NJC) undertake a thorough investigation into these allocations, their legality and use; and make public the outcome(s) of the investigation to guarantee the respect for and integrity of the Judiciary. This demand is in line with other investigations of the NJC, under your leadership, to sanitize and reposition the judiciary.”

Justice Muktar, Nigeria’s first female Chief Justice, has pledged to combat corruption in the judiciary.
 

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My dear CJN, if you want to end up on the good side of history, the first thing you have to do is bring back Justice Salami. Then do not just threaten but start making examples of all our corrupt judges. Get our SSS and the investigative arm of the NBA to help. Set a time for for court cases. In other climes they set dates for cases to commence and finish, why don't we have such practise in Nigeria.

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investigate the bank accounts of judges and their assets

What the civil society organizations should be asking for is a thorough and transparent investigation by the EFCC with the assistance of known anti-corruption crusaders into the bank accounts and assets, both in Nigeria and abroad, of court judges and especially those that have been involved with election-related cases at all levels. Already, the predecessor of the current CJC had categorically stated during his tenure as CJC that a lot of judges handling election-related cases were involved with massive corruption through bribe-taking. Such an investigation will help strengthen our sick democracy by helping weed out sleazy judges and their accomplices in the rotten tribe of Nigeria's crooked politicians.

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