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CJN, Sans, Others Extol Retiring Justice Muntaka-Commassie

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has extolled the immense contributions of retired Justice Saifullahi Muntaka-Commasie, to Nigeria Judiciary.
Mohammed said this at a valedictory court session in honor of Muntaka-Commissie in Abuja on Wednesday.
“I was sadly moved but philosophically safe in the knowledge that his lordship served this nation with great distinction,’’ he said.
He, however, said that the judiciary had recently faced the backlash of misguided opinions fashioned without due consideration to the law and rationale for system of government.
Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim, who spoke on behalf of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), commended the hard work and incorruptible attitude of Muntaka-Commissie.
Also, Mr Augustine Alegeh (SAN), President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), urges government to ensure the welfare of the retired justices of the Supreme Court.
Alegeh condemned the speculation that the entire judiciary was corrupt.
He said that those who in one way or another engaged in corrupt practices would be fish out and dealt with.
The NBA President also expressed concern over the conflicting judgments from the lower court, saying that erring judges would be sanctioned.
Muntaka-Commissie expressed regrets the manner which retired justices were treated, adding that retired justices should be accorded benefitting annual medical treatment locally and abroad.
“Retiring Justices of the Supreme Court who are not CJN should be granted some amount of money to build their own houses to avoid the embarrassment of living as tenants.
“As it is presently, only those who occupy the office of Chief Justice of Nigeria are being taken care of after retirement by providing them with befitting accommodation built by government,’’ he said. (NAN)

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