Ex-Appeal court president: Stop grouping us together, we are not the same.
The argument is that Nigerian judiciary, like any human society, has good, bad and worst elements.
The former President, Court of Appeal, Justice Umaru Abdullahi, on Saturday said that not all Nigerian Judges were corrupt.
Abdullahi made the remark during a public presentation of the journal on Private and Comparative Law, organised in his honour by the Faculty of Law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
According to him, the Nigerian judiciary has come of age as a very solid institution.
He said that in any human society, there must be good, bad and worst elements.
“So, the judiciary is a human and Nigerian institution.
“Therefore, it is not surprising that some few judicial officers are been picked up for going out of their parameters of judicial function,” he said.
He said the judiciary had been delivering services to the continuity of the country and was in the forefront in providing solutions to some of the problems facing the country.
“We are not disputing the fact that there is no bad element in the judiciary, but not all in the system are bad.
“If you compare the number of the bad ones, the good ones out-number the bad ones,” the justice said.
Abdullahi, therefore, said it was unfair to condemn the judiciary because of the few bad ones, as there is no sector in Nigeria that was insulated from corruption,
He however said, “There is the machinery the government can use effectively to flush out bad elements in the judiciary.”
Abdullahi added that the government also has the machinery to ensure that only credible persons were appointed as judges.
Meanwhile the President, Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, said the judiciary had been trying its best in the fight against corruption.
Bulkachuwa said the judiciary has a standard of measuring judges.
“We have our code of conduct the judicial officer is expected to abide with, If you see anything different from our code of conduct, that officer would have gone astray.
“If you go strictly by the code of conduct you can’t go wrong; So, we are committed to the fight against corruption,’’ she said.