Election Petition Tribunal: Court of Appeal president threatens to punish judges found wanting

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The President, Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa has threatened the long arm of the law on any tribunal Judge found wanting in the discharge of his or her duties.

The Appeal Court president gave the warning in Abuja during the induction program for Justices of the appellate court, chairmen and members of election petition tribunals.

She said member have been placed on a watch list and will be closely monitored by her office.

Justice Bulkachuwa who explained that time is of the essence in election petition, urged members of the election petition tribunal to desist from granting frivolous adjournments.

She advised members of the election petition tribunal to avoid using undue technicalities or any act capable of causing delay in the dispensation of petitions.

According to her, the judiciary has been a major role player in the sustenance of democracy in the country by adjudicating in all cases that arise from pre-election as well as post-election activities.

“I need not remind you that the assignment ahead of you is enormous and due diligence and professionalism is expected from each and every one of you, she said’’

“Always be law abiding and do not allow yourselves to be stirred by emotions, fear, or sentiments. You are expected to be in charge of your courts.

“The judiciary is in the lime light and as judicial officers, we should discharge the responsibilities reposed on us, both individually and collectively by dispensing justice in accordance with the law without fear or favour, affection or ill-will within the dictates of our conscience and oath of office”, she said.

 

 

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