Corruption will be tackled in the judiciary, says acting CJ Tsoho

The newly sworn-in Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, has expressed his views on how the anti-graft war in the judiciary can be won.

Tsoho spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria after he was sworn in as acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, in Abuja.
Justice Tsoho said, “The judiciary cannot be singled out when talking about corruption because corruption exists in every facet and virtually every society.”
“So, it might be wrong to give the impression that maybe the corruption that exists in the judiciary is higher than elsewhere,” he said.
Nevertheless, Tsoho stated that corruption should not be encouraged.
To fight corruption, the acting CJ said one must be ready to lead by example.
“First and foremost, you try to lead by example.
“If for instance, it shows that you are transparent, other people will be encouraged to be transparent too,” he explained.
The acting CJ, who acknowledged that corruption cannot be eliminated completely, said it can be controlled.
On the advice by the CJN Muhammad to carry everyone along in his new office, he said such attribute entailed being tolerance, open and giving attention to everyone.
“So we will show friendliness so that where we are even calling somebody to order, it’s done politely because as judges, we are basically colleagues.”
He, however, called for the cooperation of his colleagues as he takes over as the head of the Federal High Court.
“This is so because I can’t stand alone and achieve very good results.
“So as I try to extend the hand of fellowship, they should reciprocate,” Justice Tsoho concluded.
NAN reports that Justice Tsoho was on Friday, sworn in as the new Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court by CJN Muhammad in Abuja.
His appointment was sequel to the retirement of Justice Adamu AbdulKafarati, who attained the retirement age of 65 years on July 25.
Tsoho’s elevation as acting CJ of the Federal High Court was in line with the rules that enable the most senior judge to occupy the office of the CJ when the post is vacant pending the appointment of a substantive chief judge.
Justice John Tsoho, who hails from Benue State, was born on June 24, 1959, and appointed a judge of the Federal High Court on November 12, 1998.
(NAN)
Source: Punchng.com

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