Corruption: Osinbajo wants special tests for judges

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria's Vice President

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has called for a fresh approach in the screening of candidates for appointment as judges of high court to protect the integrity of the judiciary.

Osinbajo, who made the call in Abuja at the National Dialogue on Corruption, suggested that apart from screening by Department of Security Service, candidates for the post of judge should undergo a test and further investigation.

Citing the UK system which Nigerian judiciary was modelled after, the Acting President said candidates for the post of a high court judge are subjected to 17 different tests.

“Everybody is involved. How judges are appointed. Not on a man-knows-man basis. Aside from the DSS investigation, there should be particular test and proper investigation of candidates to be appointed as judges.

“In some of the systems that we inherited the UK system for instance, there is a process of almost 17 different tests before you can become a judge of the High Court,” he explained.

Osinbajo asked the National Judicial Council to always investigate any judge accused of unethical practices and prosecute anyone found guilty to avoid political influence.

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