The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed has called on lawyers to purify the profession and make it corruption-free by getting rid of corrupt persons from Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
Speaking on Wednesday in Abuja at a seminar organised by NBA’s Anti-Corruption Commission, the CJN said between 2009 and 2014, 64 judges of the superior courts among the serving 1,020 were disciplined with some of them sacked by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
Mohammed, who was represented by a Justice of Supreme Court (JSC), Justice John Fabiyi, pointed out that the corruption among the body’s benchers would be minimised if lawyers who will later become judges are upright.
The CJN said, “Unless we work in synergy to ensure that only fit and proper persons remain in our midst, it will be impossible to expect a different Bench when its origin remains the same.
”I hereby call on the leadership of the Bar to expunge from its ranks such persons whose conduct may be unfit, improper, dishonest or unethical.
“The time has surely come for us all to take concrete, meaningful and lasting action to exorcise the pernicious ghost of corruption from the most noble of professions.”
The CJN pointed out that although there are corrupt judges in the judiciary, “corruption within the judiciary is only imbibed by a minute minority”.
He, however, noted that while the judiciary continued to discipline erring judges, the beneficiaries of such corrupt acts were never punished.