Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose has said that corruption was endemic in Nigeria’s judicial system, noting that the scenario was destroying the fabrics of the nation.
Governor Fayose made the statementin an address he delivered yesterday at a special service to mark the beginning of the 2015/2016 new legal year in the state, which took place at the Cathedral Church of Emmanuel, Anglican Communion, Ado-Ekiti.
Fayose said: “If Nigeria is to move forward and for us to have a just society, the judiciary has a major role to play and must be seen to be doing so.”
The governor noted that his statement did not mean that the judiciary was totally devoid of credible and incorruptible judges who are commendable.
Bishop Christopher Omotunde in his sermon called on the judiciary staff not to do anything by partiality but to seek God’s wisdom and judgment to decide on people’s case.
Bishop Omotunde encouraged judges and the management of the judiciary to be sincere in their dealings and always speak the truth.
Fayose pointed out that “corruption in the judiciary is so endemic that judges lobby to be appointed to serve in election petition tribunals in order to make money and as well influence judgment in favour of their political friends.
“It gets more worrisome when facts have revealed that some of the judgments were written by lawyers for some compromised judges. Some cases were and are still being assigned to judges by their godfathers in the judiciary purposely to do hatchet jobs against the innocent.”