Judiciary must uphold rule of law – CJN Ariwoola

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has assured that the judiciary, under his watch will “always uphold the rule of law and supremacy of the constitution.”

The CJN gave the assurance on Friday during the commissioning of the Justice Mary Odili Judicial Institute in Port Harcourt, while also assuring that the judiciary will ensure “strict adherence to all binding court orders”.

While noting that the courts “exist to protect the right of citizens against oppression or repression”, Justice Ariwoola promised that judicial officers in Nigeria will “protect that right.”

He further noted that the time has come for the Nigerian judiciary to “take its pride of place in the African continent.”

Ariwoola condemned the idea of Chief Judges going “cap in hand” to the state governors to ask for money, noting that the country has what it takes to go beyond that stage.

He, however, said Governor Nyesom Wike has shown a good example that should be emulated particularly with his contributions to the development of the country’s judiciary.

The CJN further described Wike as a shining light in the legal profession.

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