Justice Walter Onnoghen, who is the Acting Chief Jydge of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has said that he would ensure the independence of the judiciary to check the rate of corruption in the country.
This he said when responding to questions from senators while being screened for confirmation at the Senate on Wednesday in Abuja.
“I assure you that I will not compromise my integrity, and the independence of the judiciary will be re-enforced under my watch. “I believe that you don’t need to see a judge before you have justice,” he said.
On cases of conflicting judgements, Onnoghen said that such was bound to happen because different processes were followed by judges.
“The system has its own regulatory mechanism through the means of appeal; that is how we resolve conflicting judgements. “But, to think that we can do away with conflicting judgements is not possible,” he said.
Continuing, he said that it would be impossible for politicians “to pocket” the judiciary under his leadership, explaining that “the moment the judiciary is politicised, justice will be denied the common man’’.
He assured that the judiciary is being modernised in order to meet with international best practices. He also said that it was not the duty of Justices of the Supreme Court but the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee.