Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, to immediately stop the use of court to suppress rights of citizens by the federal and state governments.
SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, made the call in an open letter to the CJN asking the National Judicial Council (NJC) to develop measures and issue directives to all courts to respond to the disturbing trends by state and federal governments.
The group added that if such practice by state and federal governments is allowed to continue, the courts will be relegated, and lead to arbitrary and unrestricted power as well as further suppression of citizens’ rights.
SERAP maintained that refusal of bail and granting of bail on stringent conditions seem to be dangerous manipulation of judicial authority and functions by high-ranking politicians.
The group however called on Tanko Mohammad to warn the NJC and the judiciary under his watch to resist such practices.