Olanipekun, SAN, calls for review of NJC membership to control corruption – The Sun Nigeria

By Lukman Olabiyi

A The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and Chairman of the College of Counsellors, Chief Wole Olanipekun has called for a review of the composition of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC).

Olanipekun made the call in an article titled: “The Allegation of Corruption in the Legal Profession: Who is to Blame,” which he delivered at the 2022 Alao Aka-Bashorun Annual Memorial Lecture organized by the Association of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja Branch, held at the Marriot Hotel, GRA, Ikeja.

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His words: “My sincere position is that with what we have been through in recent years, their compositions should be completely rethought, readjusted, reorganized, recast and revamped, to bring in independent people to fulfill the functions now devolved to the two bodies , concerning the recruitment, appointment, discipline and welfare of judges and court officers.This is what operates in other climates.

Olanipekun made the presentation in the context of the May 3 farewell speech by a recently retired Supreme Court Justice, Justice Ejembi Eko, who suggested that the judiciary’s budget allocation be investigated by the anti-corruption agencies.

Chief Olanipekun described the Supreme Court’s development as “a topical and unprecedented legal conundrum that needs to be nipped in the bud.”

He therefore urged stakeholders in the country’s justice system to enter the row as soon as possible.

One of the speakers, Yemi Candide-Johnson, SAN, said that the function of the legal system could not be achieved if practitioners continue to destroy it with lies.

According to him, if the system is corrupted by money, it will be difficult to obtain justice. He expressed his regret that some Supreme Court justices failed in describing the character of a judge of integrity.

“When you take the oath as a judge, it’s not a game. If you can’t do it, leave it.

Lifetime counselor Dele Adesina, SAN, said attorneys should be brave enough to reject client forum shopping. He stressed the need for the NBA’s Disciplinary Committee to be able to discipline members when appropriate.

Dr. Muiz Banire, SAN, pointed out that the lawyers themselves were the root cause of the problems in the justice system saying, “if we don’t regulate ourselves now, it will leave room for an outside body to regulate us” .

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