The Chief Judge of Ebonyi State, Justice Alloy Nwankwo, at the weekend lamented that the country will be totally doomed if the Nigerian Judiciary gets corrupt.
Justice Nwankwo made this known while delivering his inaugural speech at the 2018/2019 legal year that took place at the court new complex, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
He said: “It is no exaggeration that a nation is doomed on earth, if its seat of justice is corrupted, there would be no safety for the lowly on the short run nor for the high and mighty on the long run. Therefore, it is of interest to every citizens to protect the judiciary from the moral misfits that is ravaging this society.
“We in Ebonyi State judiciary have assured the Chief justice of Nigeria of our determination not to let the Nigerian judiciary down in its efforts to raid itself of certain questionable judicial officials.
“To this end, Ebonyi State judiciary will continue to accord zero tolerance to any act of corruption aimed at making justice a commercial commodity.”
Nwankwo, however, applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for deeming it wise to give his assent on the financial autonomy of states judiciary and house of Assemblies.
“We commend President Mohammadu Buhari for deeming it wise to give his assent on the financial autonomy of states judiciary and house of Assembly.
“The judiciary will remain a dependable ally in all our match to greatness as a state and the country. We are determined to do all that is necessary to ensure that the society remains and abide in the rule of law. ” he stated.
Responding, the governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, commended state judiciary for their cooperation with the state government, which according to him has contributed to the peace and order being witnessed in the state.