Court of Appeal President Judge Monica Dongvan-Mensem appealed to politicians to stop putting undue pressure on the judiciary when deciding political issues.
She made the appeal in a message of goodwill at the 5th Criminal Law Review Conference organized by the Rule of Law and Development Foundation (ROLDF) in Abuja yesterday.
While Dongban Mensem streamlines the relocation of highly sensitive political cases to Abuja, the decision is meant to ensure a safe environment for judges to adjudicate cases without fear or favor. He said that.
According to her, for the rule of law to take root, it is expedient for justice to be carried out without interference, intimidation, manipulation or fear, stressing that the environment must be suitable for this. .
She said: “As President of the Court of Appeal, to protect us from harm and potential threats to the rule of law, decisions on sensitive political appeals are now concentrated in the Abuja and Lagos divisions of the court.
“Learned judges involved in such appeals are not notified of the docket until the hearing approaches. This not only protects their Lordships from undue pressure, but also from unwarranted threats against their individuals. Protect.
“In addition to this, it demonstrates my determination to see that justice is not only done, but done without fear or favor, love or malice.”
Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Lateef Fajemi (SAN), in his remarks, said the malfunctioning of the judicial system was due to lack of cooperation among stakeholders.
He said that for the criminal justice system to work, all key stakeholders need to streamline processes by eliminating bottlenecks and foster an effective, inclusive and prosperous sector. .
Meanwhile, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Coordinator and Founder of ROLDF, Mr. Joseph Daudu, called for an urgent review of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) laws, which he described as outdated.