The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola has stated that public opinion, no matter how weighty, cannot supersede the Constitution of the country which serves as a guide for judges in the discharge of their duties.
Justice Ariwoola stated this in Abuja during the swearing-in of twenty-three (23) newly appointed Judges of the Federal High Court.
He charged the newly sworn-in judicial officers to shun all forms of corruption, sentiments and ensure the application of constitutional provisions in adjudicating cases assigned to them at all times, AIT reported.
The Chief Justice further reminded the new judges as well as other serving judges not to undermine the searchlight of the National Judicial Council (NJC) which beams brightly on all its officers across the country adding that any judicial officer found wanting will be immediately brought to book.
The newly appointed judges pledged to imbibe and uphold the rule of law, and the Nigerian Constitution in the discharge of their duties, The Nation reported.
He administered the oath of office to the new justices on Wednesday, September 20. They include Binta Fatima Zubairu from Kaduna State, appointed a High Court Judge on 31st October 2001; Peter Chudi Obiora from Anambra State, who was sworn-in as High Court Judge on 17th January 2005; and Hannatu Azumi Laja-Balogun from Kaduna State, who was appointed a High Court Judge on 24th May 1999.
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