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Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed (Image courtesy State House)

The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, on Thursday, said that no human being, living or dead, could influence the judgments of the Supreme Court.

Festus Akande, the Director, Press and Information of the Supreme Court, quoted the acting CJN as saying this in a statement on Thursday.

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On April 29, 2019, Akande had made similar assertion in a statement debunking a news report which claimed the exit of the former CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was as a result of the influence of President Muhammadu Buhari on the administrative decision of the Supreme Court and its management.

He reiterated the independence of the Supreme Court and its justices in a statement quoting the acting the CJN as speaking to the management of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria led on a courtesy visit to his office by the corporation’s chairman, Muiz Banire (SAN), on Thursday.

Justices of the Supreme Court, comprising, justices Olukayode Ariwoola, Kekere-Ekun, Musa Dattijo, Ejembi Eko and Uwani Abba-Aji, were said to have joined the acting CJN in receiving the AMCON management.

Akande said that Justice Muhammad told his visitors that the Supreme Court Justices were independent-minded and were only answerable to their conscience and God while writing and delivering judgments.

The acting CJN was quoted as saying, “We take our time in taking notes and writing judgments to avoid making mistakes.

“We subject every case before us to intense debates and arguments during our conferences in order to be as dispassionate and objective as possible.

“Let me state clearly that we are not answerable to anybody and can never be intimidated by anybody whatsoever in taking our decisions.

“But for certain, we are only answerable to God Almighty because he is the owner of our lives. No human being, living or dead, can influence the reasoning or judgments of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

“We are very independent in Supreme Court because of the enormity of the trust and responsibility reposed in us by the almighty God, the Constitution and our dear nation.”