…CJN charges Appeal Court Judges to flee from ‘juicy, irresistible temptations’

…Keep your heads high above murky waters of corruption, remain the best

…Warns that gifts not worked for are undeserving, wrapped in calamity, destruction

…Insists they must conduct their affairs within ambits of law, oath administered on them

CHIEF Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad yesterday warned the new Appeal Court Justices to do everything humanly possible to avoid accepting juicy but destructive gifts that May land them in Trouble in the discharge of their judicial functions. The CJN said their reputation matters much and counts enormously in their rise to honour and fame in life.

Justice Muhammad who spoke yesterday while inaugurating the 18 Appellate Court Justices at the Supreme Court informed them that several high profile cases would come their way and in company of some juicy and irresistible temptations and appealed to them to avoid the temptations in their own interest. “Let me point out unambiguously that in life, gifts and wealth that are not worked for which are by extension undeserving are always wrapped in calamity and destruction. “Flee from them and keep your heads high above the murky waters of corruption so that you can be conveniently counted among the very best in the Nigeria judiciary.

“You must, against all odds, conduct your affairs within the ambit of the law and the oath that has just been administered on you. “If you are hitherto 50 per cent under public scrutiny, I can assure you now that it has risen to 100 percent by virtue of this your elevation to the Court of Appeal. “The tempo and rate of public assessment of your conduct and disposition will now assume astronomical rise. You must redouble your efforts and dialogue properly with your conscience in order not to fall out of the grace of God and the Nigerian people”, he admonished them. Speaking further, the CJN also reminded the new justices that it takes nothing to join the crowd but it takes a lot to stand alone with good conscience.

Justice Muhammad charged them to fasten their belt and roll up their sleeves to face the challenges head-on adding “you must redouble your pace to catch up with the expectation of the litigants”. While congratulating them on their elevation the CJN further reminded them that as judicial officers they have a divine mandate on earth that they must discharge with honesty and sincerity because they will give account of themselves to justify their elevation to the Court of Appeal.

Among those sworn in are Justice Adebukola Banjoko of High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, who had on May 30, 2018 sentenced the former governor of Taraba state, Jolly Nyame to a maximum of 14 years without an option of fine. Similarly, on June 12, 2018, Justice Banjoko convicted former governor of Plateau state, Joshua Dariye and sentenced him to 14 years’ imprisonment on charges of criminal breach of trust and two years’ jail term for criminal misappropriation. The names of the newly appointed Appellate Court Justices with their states of origin are: Mohammed Danjuma (Niger); Muhammad Ibrahim Sirajo (Plateau); Abdul-Azeez Waziri (Adamawa); Yusuf A. Bashir (Taraba); Usman A. Musale (Yobe); Ibrahim Wakili Jauro (Yobe); Abba Bello Mohammed (Kano); Bature Isah Gafai (Katsina); Danlami Zama Senchi (Kebbi). Others include Mohammed Lawal Abubakar (Sokoto); Hassan Muslim Sule (Zamfara); Hassan Muslim Sule (Zamfara); Kenneth Ikechukwu Amadi (Imo); Peter Oyinkenimiemi Affen (Bayelsa); Sybil Onyeji Gbagi (Delta); Olasunbo Goodluck (Lagos); Adebukola Banjoko (Ogun); Olabode Adegbehingbe (Ondo) and Bola Samuel Ademola (Ondo) respectively. The ceremony was attended by three serving Governors of Plateau, Yobe and Ondo, former Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, former Supreme Court and Court of Appeal justices.

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