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Supreme Court Justice Memo: Senate probes CJN

By Nathaniel Zacchaeus
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, yesterday mandated the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to as a matter of urgency, wade into the crisis presently rocking the Judiciary.

The panel has its Chairman, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.

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Lawan gave the directive on Wednesday, moments before the chamber adjourned plenary.

He said, “We may recall that some issues were coming out of the Judiciary. We must have an interest in what is happening in that arm of government.

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“I believe that we owe it to Nigerians, to look into what is happening in that arm of government, with the view to bringing solutions to the problem that our Judiciary in Nigeria faces.

“So, I’ll urge our Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters, to get involved with the CJN and Judiciary generally – at this level with the Supreme Court – to find out what the real issues are; and how the National Assembly can help.”

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The Justices, in a memo, protested the non-payment of legitimate entitlements by the CJN.

According to them, annual foreign training, meant to enhance capacity building for the country’s judicial process, had been blocked.

They also protested the non-replacement of poor vehicles; accommodation problems; lack of drugs at the Supreme Court clinic; epileptic electricity supply to the Supreme Court; increase in electricity tariff; no increase in the allowances for diesel; lack of internet services to residences and chambers, amongst others.

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