Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has said that the judiciary, as an independent arbiter and interpreter of law, is ready to meet challenges of the pending pre-election matters in courts at present and the likely disputes which may arise from the forthcoming elections in the country.
A statement signed by the media aide to the CJN, Malam Ahuraka Yusuf Isah, said the judiciary stands ready to hear cases dispassionately and dispense justice decisively without fear or favour, affection or ill-will.
While receiving the deputy chief observer, Ms Hannah Roberts and the legal analyst, Ms Eirini-Marie Gounari, of the European Union Election Observation Mission, Nigeria 2015, in his office, the CJN said, ‘’the judiciary as an independent arbiter and interpreter of law has an immeasurable role to play under the 1999 Constitution (as amended) for the stability of democracy in Nigeria. I wish to assure the international community and indeed all Nigerians that the courts are not only ready to carry out these responsibilities, but will do so without been manipulated to compromise the elections even in the face of multiple pre-election matters pending in our various courts at present’’.
‘’No action aimed at interfering with this constitutional duty will be tolerated. Any judicial officer who falls short of this high expectation will not only be severely disciplined by the National Judicial Council, but will have themselves to blame’’.