Ahead of next month’s general elections, the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN) Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, has warned judges to refrain from granting frivolous injunctions, urging them to steer clear of financial inducements in the course of discharge of their functions.
Represented by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa, he handed the warning in his keynote address at the workshop organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on election petitions for justices and judges.
He further cautioned judges against becoming easy tools to aggrieved politicians desperate for favourable judgments, stressing: “I must not fail to emphasise at this forum that the judiciary must not be drawn into this black-hole of political expediency as judges are not willing tools to be exploited by the whims and caprices of politicians.
“However, on your own part, in carrying out your judicial mandate as justices and judges, you must refrain from granting frivolous injunctions, remain impartial and most importantly, shun any form of inducement. It is mandatory for you to analyse facts based on the applicable laws without prejudice.