Ex-Court of Appeal Judge Oniyangi laments delay in acquittal of political cases – The Sun Nigeria
From Gyang Bere, Jose
A retired judge from the Jos Division of the Court of Appeal, Judge Mudashiru Nasiru Oniyangi blamed unnecessary delays in the administration of justice, especially in cases involving politics, on the inability of the parties to present witnesses in court.
Judge Oniyangi revealed this in an interview with reporters from the Jos Court of Appeals Division on Thursday, shortly after a farewell session on his retirement.
“The delay in delivering judgment in most cases is not the fault of the judge, as most of the time the parties involved in the case may keep asking for more time to present witnesses in court. “
He lamented that he twice escaped death due to an armed rubber attack on Nigerian roads.
“I would have been killed a long time ago, I was attacked twice with my driver on my way back to work at new duty stations, but God saved us.”
Judge Oniyangi revealed that he was one of the lucky judges who was not attacked by any aggrieved party for rendering judgment against them.
He urged judges who are still practicing to ensure that justice is served to the deserving party without sentiment.
“Honesty pays, that was my Ward watch, I urged all judges to make sure the right thing is done.”
The President of the Jos Branch of the Bar Association of Nigeria (NBA), Barrister Bawa Yakubu, expressed deep concern over the lack of a hostile environment in which Nigerian judges operate.
The NBA president said Nigerian judges operate in a hostile environment, where most are forced to take bribes and bid the rich.
He called on judges at all levels to avoid corruption and uphold the upholder of the judicial profession.
Most of the Jos Court of Appeal staff, who worked directly with Judge Oniyangi, testified that he was a fair, honest, reliable and prudent judge who was dedicated to his duties.
It was collected that Judge Oniyangi is retired from active service, after reaching the age of 60; Retired Justice MN Oniyangi, was born on March 29, 1952 in Kwara State.
He started his judicial career as Clark in 1973, had worked in several states in Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.