Judges should not allow their decisions to be influenced by public opinion – Lawmaker

Scales-of-Justice-360x331The chairman, House Committee on Justice, Dr Ali Ahmad, has raised the alarm that the moral authority of the judiciary in the country is shaking and heading for danger. According to Ahmad, it is politics that should be ruled by public opinion by politicians and not the judiciary.

Ahmad made this known in a Radio Kwara programme: “The Platform,” while reacting to recent judicial pronouncements bordering on corruption, including the case of a member of the House of Representatives, Farouk Lawal, who was imprisoned by Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi of a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja for one week.

Ahmad disclosed that as a former member of the committee on the fuel subsidy probe, he was not aware that Farouk Lawal collected the alleged bribe or not, but said his offence was a bail-able one and expressed concern that Farouk was kept in prison custody.

According to him, with the ruling of the judge, which admittedly is discretionary, it seems the judiciary was looking for some avenues to align the judicial system with public opinion: “We politicians should respect and defer to public opinion, but the judiciary should not, even in the exercise of discretionary powers,” he stated.

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