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The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, yesterday charged the Directors and Inspectors of Area, Sharia, and Customary courts, to ensure that corruption is eschewed among them in the discharge of their duties.

He urged them to pay unannounced visits to Judges to keep them on their toes.

Justice Tanko, who said these unannounced visits will not only keep the judges of the courts on their toes, also said that the inspection on a regular basis, will ascertain the personnel productivity and the condition of the facilities.

Speaking at the National Workshop for Directors and Inspectors of Area/Sharia/Customary courts, Muhammad said they should not allow the challenges they face deter them from carrying out their statutory duties.

The acting CJN reminded the participants that their behaviour and attitude to both court users and the general public, is like a billboard which advertises the character of the whole Judiciary.

”Challenges of inadequate funding, man-power development and inadequate facilities must not deter you in the utmost performance of your duties.

”I urge you to ensure that corruption must be eschewed in your rank and file as the tendency to write a negative report about a judge who refused to dance t your tune is certain possible.

”As Directors and Inspectors of the Area/Sharia/Customary courts, you are saddled with the responsibility of working in the temple of justice, your actions and inactions within and outside the court premises, must be in consonance with the dictates of the Code of Conduct for Court Employees,” he concluded.

In her welcome address, the Administrator of the National Judicial Institute, Justice R.P.I Bozimo, said, the workshop with the theme: Improving the Quality of Justice Delivery in the Lower Court, was designed to ensure quality of justice delivery at all levels.

Justice Bozimo, who advised the participants to guide against miscarriage of justice, warned that they should handle issues of bias with utmost carefulness, so not to fall victim to the same allegations of bias.

Further in her address, she called on all the participants to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and moral rectitude contained in the code of conduct for court employees.

”No doubt, your duties as Directors and Inspectors is to guide you against miscarriage of justice, therefore, on your intervention on the complaint of bias and miscarriage of justice, be careful as litigants may sometimes fell that the court is biased in favour of the other party in the proceedings.

” Where allegations of bias are made against the Judges of your courts, you should not be easily swayed or carried away to show sympathy to the party complaining without hearing from the judge,” she charged.

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