CJN warns politicians not to interfere in judicial process

Nigeria’s acting Chief Judge, Justice Walter Onoghenon

Supreme Court has upheld the election of Mr Okezie Ikpeazu as the Abia state governor, with a strong warning to politicians.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onoghen, who heads the apex court’s five member panel, asked politicians to allow the judiciary to do its job without any form of interference.

Nigeria’s chief justice said that attempts were made to use court’s officials to know Supreme Court’s justices that will hear the appeal of Uche Uchechukwu, who is challenging the election of Governor Ikpeazu.

Justice Onoghen who spoke after the apex court’s judgement, promised that the incident will be investigated and those found to be involved will be sanctioned

He also wondered why some would seek to interfere with the court’s business or blackmail the court, stressing that without the courts there would be no society.

“Politicians should just allow the judiciary to do its job. We will investigate how that breach came about in my time,” he said.

“The other time it was a Senator who did it, a court staff was punished. But in my time, whoever is involved will be punished.”

The apex court okayed the ruling of an Appeal Court upholding the governor’s election and faulted that of a Federal High Court which revoked the election.

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