Without full autonomy judiciary cannot perform unbiased, says Tambuwwal

By Ummi Ismaeel,

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwwal of Sokoto State has called for an independent judiciary that will not only be heard but serving the collective interests Nigerians.
He said, “You cannot expect sound judgment from judicial system that is not independent.
“A situation whereby magistrates and judges go cap in hand begging for funds to initiate policies or ideas for individual and collective development of the judiciary, training and maintenance of facilities is impossible for them to dispense justice unbiased.”

Tambuwwal made the appeal at the five-day Training of Magistrates/District Courts Judges of Niger State powered by DFID, Role UK, Judicial College, London and Africa House.
The Sokoto State governor said that Nigeria was bequeathed with dysfunctional judicial system whereby nagistrates and district court judges depended on approvals from the executive arm of government before organizing training for its personnel and/or carry out repairs and other developmental needs.
He blamed frustrations in dispensation of justice to lack of autonomy for the third arm of government in Nigeria, insisting that only an independent judicial system, manned and managed by professionals can guarantee justice for all.
His words:
“You cannot have good governance without sound judicial system that will ensure that their salaries and other benefits are paid as at and when due.” Tambuwwal also pointed out that the judiciary by its role in the society is not expected to go on strike.

“Without funds for training you cannot expect anything good from the judicial arm of government. You can’t expect Magistrates and Court Judges to go about begging. Full autonomy is very necessary for judicial officers to dispense justice without bias,” he said.
The Chairman of the occasion and former Military President, General Abdulsalami Abubarkar, said that the training by British experts, first in history, is expected to further cement the relationship between Nigeria and its colonial masters.

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