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JUSTICE ODILI: CJN SOUNDS TOUGH, AS 72 LAWYERS, BECOME SANs

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad on Wednesday warned that the nation’s judiciary already had enough of embarrassment of its Judicial officers and would not take kindly to repeat of any ugly treatment from security agencies.

He therefore cautioned that the silence of the judiciary should never be mistaken for stupidity or weakness.


DCO Global News
Published on December 9, 2021
By Odoh Dominic Chukwuemeka


Justice Muhammad bared his mind in Abuja during the 2021/2022 legal year and conferment of the title of Senior Advocates of Nigeria on 72 legal practitioners, including Clement Onwuenwunor (SAN) and Kaduna-based legal practitioner, Reuben Ataba (SAN), held at the Supreme Court.

Tanko said, “On a very sad note, I must say, we were jolted with embarrassing news of the invasion of the official residence of one of our brother Justices, Justice Mary Peter Odili on Friday October 29 by men suspected to be security operatives, acting on a search warrant.

“The said warrant was purportedly obtained from an Abuja Magistrate court under questionable circumstances.

“I must make it known to all and sundry that we have had enough dosage of such embarrassment and harassment of our judicial officers across the country and we can no longer take any of such shenanigans.

“The silence of the judiciary should never be mistaken for stupidity or weakness.



“By the nature of our work, we are conservative but not conquered species and should not be pushed further than this by any individual, institution or agency of the government. With time, those taking judiciary as a mere weakling will soon realize that it is from the calmest seas we often experience the fiercest storms.


“The time to oppress, suppress and intimidate judicial officers is gone. No one, irrespective of his or her status or position in the country, should test our will because the consequences of such unwarranted provocation will be too dire to bear.

“We shall begin to resist any clandestine attempt to silence or ridicule us to oblivion. Nigeria, to the best of my knowledge is not a lawless society. We should begin to do things that will project is favourably and rightly too, to the international community.

“No law permits anyone to invade, subdue or overawe any Nigerian citizen in his or her residence With a flimsy, fraudulently obtained search warrant.

“We are making efforts now to ensure that henceforth, every search or arrest warrant must be issued with the knowledge and approval of the Chief Judge of the respective State or Federal High Court as the case may be.”



By Odoh Dominic Chukwuemeka

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