The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has warned lawyers, litigants, and the public against making unguarded statements over matters before the courts.

The CJN, who was reacting to discussions in the print and electronic media over the Anambra State Central Senatorial District dispute, said the action amounted to contempt of court. 

In a statement through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Awassam Bassey, yesterday, the CJN reminded the public that rule of law remained the best solution to the country’s numerous problems. 

“To make matters worse, in such discourse, the language being used in describing the judgments of the Courts is not only ungentlemanly, degrading and contemptuous, but amounts to uncharitable insults which should not be encouraged in any decent democracy,” he said. 


11 January, 2018


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