Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen who spoke at the inauguration of 30 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) at the Supreme Court Complex in Abuja on Monday, September 24th, alleged that desperate Nigerian lawyers forged court judgements to get the prestigious SAN title.
According to CJN Walter Onnoghen, for any lawyer to get the SAN title, he or she must have won a number of court judgements.
“I have to point out the fact that in the just concluded exercise, some applicants were found to have engaged in dishonourable conduct such as forgery of judgment, resulting in their being reported to the police for investigation and possible prosecution. We have to know that if one is not for any reason qualified to wear silk as a judicial officer, he cannot wear it as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
“I would like at this point to thank the distinguished members of the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee tasked with this assignment of scrutinizing over 4,000 judgments, trial proceedings and publications, and at the same time conduct disciplinary proceedings on petitions received against Senior Advocates of Nigeria” he said.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, also assured Nigerians that the judiciary will handle disputes arising from the 2019 general elections with fairness.
“As we prepare for the 2019 general elections, I reiterate that the judiciary will in determining electoral disputes, continue to play the role of Independent and dispassionate arbiter without fear or favour; affection or ill-will.
“However, the court must partner with key stakeholders to play a critical role in the sensitization and voter education to ensure that eligible members of the public are properly enlightened,” he said.