Senior Advocates of Nigeria oppose establishment of special corruption courts

The body of SANs also called on Judges to report lawyers who try to bribe them, to influence their judgements.

 

The Senior Advocates of Nigeria have rejected plans to establish special courts that will try corruption case, reports say.

They said this, at a valedictory session organised to honour Justice John Fabiyi, who recently retired from the Supreme court.

The body of SANs also called on Judges to report lawyers who try to bribe them, to influence their judgements.

Speaking on behalf of the body, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim, said “There are stories of counsel going around trying to influence the bench. I think the time has come for the judiciary and its members to stand up and be counted in the fight against corruption.

“I do not see any reason why judges should not report to the appropriate body any lawyer who goes beyond his professional calling and engages in acts calculated at perverting the course of justice.

“I am sure that the bar and the entire legal profession will not hesitate to show the counsel, irrespective of status, the way out.”

Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) is a title that may be conferred on legal practitioners in Nigeria of not less than ten years' standing and who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession.

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