A Senior Advocate, Wahab Shittu, has said most Nigerian judges carry a careless reputation.
In an interview on Channels Television, he emphasized that while there may be isolated instances of misconduct by individual judges, it is important not to tarnish the overall integrity of the judiciary.
Shittu further stated that the institution of the judiciary will continue to play a crucial role in upholding democratic governance in Nigeria.
“Everyone should be concerned about the integrity, honour, and independence of our judiciary,” he said.
“Most of our judges have a careless reputation. But there are some bad eggs that are tarnishing the image of the judiciary. Carrying with it the entire broach.
“When Bulkachuwa made that statement, I felt disgusted, alarmed. I was shocked and I thought immediately, he should have been arrested and then investigated.
“Because, he has done a disservice, not only to the body of jurisprudence and the judiciary. If that allegation is not properly investigated, he may have done a disservice to his wife, who was a former president of the Court of Appeal.
“As long as I’m concerned, no one can rubbish the integrity of the judiciary as an institution. Individuals may fall short of expectations, but that institution is critical to democratic governance and it will endure.”
Shittu’s comment follows the “incriminating statements” made by Adamu Bulkachuwa, a senator representing Bauchi North.
During the farewell session of Nigeria’s Senate on June 11, Bulkachuwa revealed that he had frequently influenced the decisions of his wife, Zainab Bulkachuwa, who previously served as the President of the Court of Appeal.
Zainab had presided over the Sokoto governorship election petition tribunal in 2007.
Additionally, she handled the case where Timipre Sylva, the former governor of Bayelsa, challenged the nomination of Seriake Dickson, a former governor of the state, as the flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Olisa Agbakoba, a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), characterized the statement as a “significant shame” and deemed it as ample justification for arresting Bulkachuwa.
Following the 102nd statutory meeting of the National Judicial Council (NJC) on Thursday, Yakubu Maikyau, the current president of the NBA, urged the police to promptly summon Bulkachuwa for questioning regarding his remarks.