Justice Must Be Accessed By All Nigerians – CJN

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Chief Justice, Olukayode Ariwoola.

Mediaage NG News – ABUJA, Nigeria (Wednesday 24th April, 2024)

Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Olukayode Ariwoola said more need to be done to ensure justice is accessible to all Nigerians, while highlighting the responsibility of the judiciary to deliver justice to the people.

While acknowledging that justice remains elusive for majority of citizens in the country, he said the importance of judicial officers critically examining the legal framework and advocating for bold legislative reforms must be upheld.

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“The role of the judiciary in leveraging technological innovation to address issues of corruption, inefficiency, and undue influence, which have long plagued the justice sector must not be underestimated”, he said at the opening day of the National Summit on Justice, on Wednesday, in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

He said his administration as Chief Justice of the country, has achieved significant milestone which reflects in ongoing efforts to improve the judicial system.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, reaffirmed the government’s commitment to promoting mutuality in the formation and implementation of national policies on justice.

He provided a brief history of the National Judicial Summit, which was conceived in 2017 to provide a platform for analyzing, reviewing, and addressing issues affecting the administration of justice in Nigeria.

The Summit which was attended by several high ranking Nigerians, including Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Yakubu Maikyau, and the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongbam-Mendez, aims to deliberate on ways to reduce the time for adjudication of cases and minimize the number of cases reaching the Supreme Court.

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