How Military Rule Affected Judiciary In Nigeria – Afe Babalola
A legal icon and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Afe Babalola, believes the military rule has affected Nigeria’s judicial system.
The elder statesman stated this when he appeared as a guest on the latest episode of News Night, a Channels Television programme which aired on Monday.
He decried the rate of corruption in the sector, although he said he does not agree that all judges were corrupt.
Babalola explained that judges were well respected and celebrated in the country decades ago as they were seen as small gods.
He added that this was because they were earning about the equivalent of what their counterparts in developed countries were being paid, but that was no longer the case now.
The university proprietor said 10 years after he started practicing, he got an invitation to join the bench but had to reject the offer, although he admitted that it was the dream of every good lawyer to get such an opportunity.
The then Chief Judge of the Western Region, according to Babalola, was removed two years later via a telephone order by the military regime at that time.
He also highlighted the roles of the Department of State Services (DSS) as a security agency, as provided by the Constitution.