Friday, 7 March 2014
CSNAC Challenges Chief Justice Aloma To Investigate Ministerial Grant To Judiciary
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.