‘Only Nasarawa, Bayelsa have in­de­pen­dent ju­di­ciary’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

The Nigeria Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA) yes­ter­day em­pha­sised the need for in­de­pen­dence of the ju­di­ciary, say­ing only a vir­ile, fear­less and in­de­pen­dent one could guar­an­tee a last­ing demo­cratic govern­ment.

Chair­man, Ilorin branch of the as­so­ci­a­tion, Mr. Mobo­laji Ojibara, while brief­ing news­men, said only Nasar­rawa and Bayelsa States have in­de­pen­dent ju­di­ciary.

He there­fore charged govern­ment of other states of the fed­er­a­tion to em­u­late Nasar­rawa and Bayelsa by giv­ing the ju­di­ciary fi­nan­cial au­ton­omy and the re­quired in­de­pen­dence to func­tion ef­fec­tively.

Ojibara said it was not proper for one arm of govern­ment to go “cap-in-hand to sur­vive as is the case with the state ju­di­ciary. Sur­vival of the state ju­di­ciary should not be de­pen­dent on its re­la­tion­ship with an­other arm of govern­ment, which is the ex­ec­u­tive”.

He charged the Kwara State govern­ment to look into the is­sue of fund­ing of the ju­di­ciary and make it self-ac­count­ing.

“While the bar ex­tols with great ad­mi­ra­tion the cor­dial re­la­tion­ship among var­i­ous arms of govern­ment in the state, and par­tic­u­larly the con­tin­ued sup­port the gover­nor has of­fered the ju­di­ciary, we urge him to take a bold step by se­cur­ing the in­de­pen­dence of the state ju­di­ciary by grant­ing it fi­nan­cial au­ton­omy”, he added.

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