A retiring justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Musa Dattijo Muhammad has alleged several loopholes under the aegis of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola,
Justice Dattijo Muhammad (rtd) made the allegations during his valedictory speech while proposing a wide range of solutions.
Recall that Justice Muhammad (rtd) who reportedly pulled out from the seven-man panel that dismissed all the appeals that sought to remove President Tinubu from office, made the allegation barely 24 hours after the apex court delivered judgment on the presidential election petition.
He spent 47 years in active judicial service, and bowed out of the apex court bench on Friday, having clocked the 70-year mandatory retirement age.
He used the opportunity of a valedictory session that was organized in his honor by the Supreme Court, to address what he observed as rots in the judiciary that have continued to affect the justice in honorary.
“Through the years, I rose to become the second most senior justice of the country’s apex court and Deputy Chairperson of the National Judicial Council.
“Considering the number of years I have spent in judicial service and the position I have attained by the grace of the Almighty, I feel obligated to continue the struggle for reforms for a better Judiciary and would be leaning on the earlier submissions of those who had exited before me,” Justice Muhammad stated before he descended on the CJN.
He maintained that the judiciary, as presently structured, gave so much power to the CJN who he said usually takes decisions without consulting other justices.