The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, on Tuesday, warned Secretaries and administrative staff members of the judiciary to stop leaking court judgements for pecuniary gains.
He implored judicial officers across the federation to stay away from corrupt tendencies, vowing to wield the big stick against anyone found wanting.
The CJN spoke at the opening ceremony of a virtual national workshop for Secretaries, Protocol Officers and other administrative staff of the judiciary.
He said the judiciary would not tolerate indiscipline among any rank of its staff.
According to the CJN, “The theme for this year’s Workshop: ‘Promoting Discipline and Commitment Among Court Employees’, is appropriate; as it is premised on the fact that as Court Employees, you are expected to entrench discipline and exhibit high sense of commitment in the discharge of your duties; in addition, it seeks to further enlighten you of the significant role you play in the administration of justice.
“Generally, as Court Employees, you are aware that Integrity and Transparency are essential components required for the administration of justice.
“In this regard, I must not fail to emphasize that your work involves interfacing with litigants seeking redress and judges who adjudicate on the matters; as such you must be circumspect in the discharge of your duties, as much is required of you.
“As Administrative staff of the judiciary, you are more effective when you are abreast with current developments in the area of your duties.