Abubakar Mahmoud, President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

NBA Calls For Urgent Implementation Of National Judicial Policy

Abubakar Mahmud SAN, President, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen to urgently implement the recently adopted National Judicial Policy.

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NBA believes that the urgent implementation of the 34-page policy document will make the country’s judiciary one of the best in the world.

The NBA pointed out that since the policy adopted by the Federal Government in April 2017, recognises the greater challenges bedeviling the country’s judiciary, it has become imperative to implement the policy.

“My Lord, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Bar Association calls upon you to urgently implement these clear policy mechanisms which have already been adopted at the highest judicial level.

“This in our view will ensure that the judiciary is in charge of its efforts to redeem itself and rebuild confidence in the countries judiciary” the NBA stated.

The NBA spoke through its National Secretary, Isiaka Olagunju Esq, who represented the association at the valedictory court session held in honour of the immediate past Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, who retired from the judiciary on September 16, 2017.

“We have no doubt at the Bar that if the policy mechanisms encapsulated in the National Judicial Policy are implemented, the Nigerian judiciary will be one of the best in the world” the NBA added.

Speaking further, the NBA boss said that “the National Judicial Policy, which was adopted in April 2016 represents a clear admission of the damaging impact of corruption in the judicial system,” the NBA said.

The policy understood that that the greatest and the most damaging challenge to administration of justice is corruption among other issues. It also advised that tackling this challenge must go beyond exhortation and sentiments.

“Thankfully, the National Judicial Policy has provided some strategy for addressing this problem. While advocating for strong disciplinary proceedings as indispensable mechanism for dealing with the problem of corruption, the policy nevertheless recognises the limitation of such reactive response,” Mahmud stated.

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