We will never be oppressed by the crowd

We will never be oppressed by the crowd

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, has reacted to the recent blows to the judiciary following recent judgments handed down in courts across the country.

Speaking at the opening of the special session of the 2023/2024 legal year and the inauguration of 58 newly conferred Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), Ariwoola stated that the judiciary is determined not to be dominated by the feelings of the “crowd” in its decisions .

He also urged judges to be fair in their judgments. Ariwoola said;

“I expect every judicial officer to work very hard and also be very honest and courteous to litigants, witnesses and members of the bar, and perform all his judicial duties with all humility at his command.

“Even in doing so, it is still necessary to bear in mind that public opinions, feelings or emotions can never take the place of the law in deciding the cases before it.

“The law remains the law, no matter whose interest is involved. In everything we do, as interpreters of the law, we must strive to separate the chains of emotion from logic and assumption from fact.

“We should never be impressed by the actions or voices of the mob and now begin to confuse the law with sentiment or anything else in deciding our cases.

“However, unnecessary and unjustified statements can embarrass not only others, but the Judge himself; therefore, what should be asked, should be asked, and what should not be asked, should be avoided.”

Source: www.lindaikejisblog.com

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