The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, yesterday,
said that contrary to claims that he had fallen out with pres. Buhari
over his refusal to obey court orders granting bail to some suspects
implicated in the loot of $2.1b meant for arms procurement, he was not
at war with the president or any agency of the government.
A top official said that though there were concerns among judges that
some of their judgement in granting bail to suspects by some government
agencies, there was also annoyance in the judiciary that many judges had
aided and abetted top government officials to loot the treasury through
frivolous orders and injunctions which were against the interest of the
country and its people.
The senior official close to the CJN said:
“I don’t think that the CJN has issued any statement on any court order
relating to the investigation of the arms cash, individuals or groups
since he believes that the courts are well able to discharge their
duties as enshrined in the laws of Nigeria.
“Again, the thinking in the judiciary seems to be that some judges
misused their offices to encourage some corrupt key government
functionaries to slip away to foreign land with huge public funds under
the guise of seeking avant-garde medicare.
“If the question may be asked, was it the CJN that ordered those judges
to work against the interest of Nigeria by granting frivolous orders
that enabled corrupt Nigerian public officers to make away with public
“Let it be known that the CJN does not and will never encourage any form
of misdeed having taken the oath of office to remain incorruptible,
just and firm in the discharge of his duties to Nigeria and its people.
“I can tell you that the CJN is aware of the frivolous orders being
issued by some judges and he cannot, therefore, sympathise with people
who threw their integrity to the winds when they should have done the
right thing at the right time.”