Thursday, 1 November 2012
Retired Supreme Court Judge Accuse Politicians Of Tempting Judges With Mouth-Watering Bribes
Justice Olufunmilola Adekeye, revealed yesterday that politicians often besiege judges with mouth-watering bribe offers in order to win election petition cases in court. This was revealed some few hours after she bowed out of the Supreme Court bench, yesterday. Adekeye, who made the disclosure at the public presentation of a book, “Election Petition Practice & Procedure in Nigeria: A Practitioners Guide,” at the Federal Judicial Service Commission, FJSC, in Abuja, yesterday where she said that “Politicians have developed the knack
for using election petition periods as time to malign judges, batter them or say all sorts of things against them in the media.
“That notwithstanding, I encourage judges to always stand on the path of truth, play your own role according to the oath of office you swore to uphold. Don’t let them discourage you. The truth is that no judge will go to any politician to seek for bribe; it is these same politicians that will start looking for the judges all over the place, through relations, friends and close associates.
“As Nigerians, we must always stand up and defend our judges and protect their integrity. It is a pity that most times, even the political class does not understand the role of judges in democratic settings.”
Curled from Vanguard newspaper reports