Chief Chibuzo Nduwueze Azike, Lekki, Lagos State: Some offices are revered and for this purpose the constitution clothes them with immunity. So, if a President or any officer whose office enjoys immunity commits any offence or crime, you must first impeach him, thereby “disrobing” him to make him available for prosecution.
Judges don’t enjoy such immunity, but the office is revered and almost sacred, that is why we call them “My Lord”. You “can’t” try a judge, that is why there is a National Judicial Council to try them of any misconduct, dismiss them as judges thereby disrobing them to make them available for trial as any other citizen if their misconduct has criminal components.
The constitution remains supreme and I humbly submit that the constitution has provided for how to discipline judicial officers.
I don’t want to go into the issues or claims as there is no basis to attach any credibility or probative value to media reports or statements by interested parties.
So, I urge Nigerians to be wary of attacks on institutions, as this must be separated from any so-called war against corruption.
I consider the attacks on the homes of those judges as a calculated attempt to desecrate the judiciary, intimidate, overawe, and emasculate the judiciary in order to take the vulnerable institution captive, and subdue her to a puppet to an overbearing authority.
I say; God forbid.
Jerry Olufemi, Anthony Village, Lagos State: Further to the outcry that followed the arrest of some judges, I will like to add the fact that the rot isn’t only on the Bench; it also involves the whole of the Nigerian Bar Association!
I sent a petition about a lawyer who cheated me when I purchased a property some time ago. I stated my case clearly in the petition and took it to the NBA Ikeja office for onward transmission to the Body of Benchers who are vested with the powers to disbar any erring lawyer but to my utter dismay, on getting there, they refused to accept my petition because the lady on reception read what it was and realised it was a serious case!
Undeterred, I contacted a relative who was a senior lawyer and she was the one who eventually submitted it to the bar association. Now, that was about three years ago! Since submitting the petition, the NBA has only written to acknowledge receipt of it and nothing has happened since! I have made enquiries and was told that the lawyer involved was sent a copy of the petition and because he realised the seriousness of the matter, he has been bribing them within the NBA to suppress the petition!
What hope is there for the common man? One would expect that a professional body of the disciples of the temple of justice would at least be fair in its dealings but of course that isn’t the case. The whole of our legal system has to be overhauled and all bad eggs weeded out!
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