The Nigerian Senate has in its Tuesday plenary session reassured Nigerians that the former Chief Justice, Tanko Muhammad’s resignation will not stop it from investigating the corruption allegations leveled against him.
This reassurance comes after the House examined a report from the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters.
The Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele while talking to the House; mentioned that the Judicial Staffs’ bad welfare situation would surely influence their service delivery. He adds that this would serve as an impediment to their best performance.
Additionally, he says that the Senate should try to protect the Judiciary’s hallowed reputation. And they can only do this through the creation of proper legislation that will protect the Government arm from ridicule.
Mr. Bamidele adds the Justices’ decision to preserve the institution using such a method is because of their reserved natures. He however urges the Senate to take responsibility and secure the fulfillment of the Justices’ demands.
Also, the CJN’s resignation won’t stop the committee from pushing forward with its inquiry. And it would not serve as a hindrance to finding a permanent solution to the issues; as they are already looking into them, says Mr. Bamidele.
Senate orders committee to find permanent solutions to the problems
Consequently, after different contributions from members of the house, the Senate authorized the committee to engage all concerned stakeholders to find permanent solutions and prevent a recurrence. These solutions should include all financial intervention and budgetary allocations the Judiciary needs to function effectively.
Recall that the Senate President had in response to the corruption allegation from the 14 Court Justices, ordered the committee to initiate an inquiry. The accusations alleged that the former Chief Justice denied the Justices of their basic entitlements.
However, in the bid to deal with the issues raised by the Supreme Court Justices; the Senate has requested its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters to engage concerned parties and find permanent solutions.
Responding to the allegations, the ex-CJN recognized some of the problems and gave explanations to back them up. In addition, he tries to reduce people’s fears by saying that there is no enmity in the Supreme Court.
Regardless, the CJN, Mr. Muhammad Tanko resigned from his post based on medical reasons.
Meanwhile, the Senate appreciates Mr. Muhammad for his service to the nation and also wishes him good health.