The judiciary has been reminded that it solely has the authority to punish crime in the country as well as having the panacea for the institutionalized corruption ravaging the land.
The Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly Rt. Hon Benjamin Uwajumogu dropped the hint on Thursday 20th October 2011 in an address he delivered at the Magistrates Association of Nigeria (South East Forum) conference which took place at DREAM LAND OWERRI.
He stated that Nigeria has suffered as a result of sharp practices over the years and the citizens were backgoing on the judiciary to Rescue the country from the epidemic.
Hear the Speaker,
“But all of you here today agree that engaging in corrupt practices over the years have really set our nation back so much by many years. It therefore compels you to be officers who see corruption as mortal enemy. Reject it and punish it in accordance with the law, anywhere you come across it.”
The vibrant legislator continues, “Bear in mind that it is the judiciary alone that is vested with power to punish crime in the society.”
Rt. Hon Uwajumogu challenged them to live above corruption in all its facets, pointing out that as the judiciary leads the fight against corruption, the body would have laid a firm and strong foundation for credible and sustainable polity for our children.
The Ebullient Speaker maintained that corruption has been a set back to the development of enduring polity in the country, stressing that grassroots courts are not shielded from the challenges that this vice poses to our nation, emphasizing that since the primary reason for having governments is the protection of lives and properties of the citizenry, the judiciary should expidiously handle matters that comes to the courts in order to achieve the set objective.
Speaking earlier, the Vice President of the South-East Forum of Magistrates Association of Nigeria(MAN) , Mrs Nkeiruka Iguh commended the cordial relationship between the Imo State magistrates and the State Chief Judge, Justice Ben Njemanze and expressed joy that the three arms of government in the State cooperate effectively.
Mrs. Iguh who is a Chief Magistrate in Anambra State thanked the Speaker Rt. Hon Uwajumogu for being a friend of the magistrates.
On behalf of MAN, Mrs Iguh presented souvenirs to the five Chief Judges in the South-East zone as well as the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly and the Deputy Speaker Hon. Donatus Ozoemenam.
The speaker similarly presented souvenirs to both the MAN National President Mr Rufus Nyiputen and the Vice President, Mrs Nkeiruka Iguh at the Occasion.