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Call for 'better funding' to train Nigerian judges

By Candy Ikokwu

22 October 2012 at 10:57 BST

A former Supreme Court judge has blasted the Nigerian judicial system for being 'weak' and has offered little hope that it will improve.

Nigeria: judicial system branded as 'weak'

According to a report in local Nigeria newspaper, The Guardian, Justice Emmanuel Ayoola rebuked members of the bench for not keeping abreast of common law jurisprudence. ‘This is the reason some of our judges cannot cope when they step out of Nigeria’, he told a senior figures at a book launch honouring a retiring judge.

Funding crisis

Justice Ayoola, who is also the former chairman of the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, blamed a lack of funds for the judiciary’s poor training and inability to update antiquated knowledge and skills.
He said funding was crucial to provide modern facilities to help the judiciary keep up with advancements in the law globally.


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