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‘Don’t Pay Attention To Public Opinions’ – CJN Tells Judges

Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, told Judges Don’t pay attention to public opinions…

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Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Olukayode Ariwoola

Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, told Judges Don’t pay attention to public opinions in delivering judgments, said public opinion no matter how serious or weighty it might be, cannot override or supersede the constitution of the country.

VerseNews reports that Ariwoola said this on Wednesday in Abuja while swearing in another batch of the 23 Judges for the Federal High Court.

He charged the judges to always apply constitutional provisions in deciding cases that may be assigned to them.

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He said that several vitriolic attacks are regularly heaped on the judiciary; but that it is crystal clear that public opinion, no matter how serious or weighty it might be, cannot override or supersede the Constitution of the country which judges apply in deciding each case.

“Judicial officers owe their conscience and the generality of the Nigerian masses: particularly those who are looking up to them, the great responsibility of good moral rectitude and acceptable conduct to uphold and consolidate the trust reposed in them.

“By virtue of the oath you have just taken, you have, automatically assumed new status and responsibilities in life.

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“A new blank page in the book of life has just been opened for you and as it is with public office, especially the judiciary, you are completely opened to daily public scrutiny.

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