Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen has disclosed how some desperate lawyers forged court judgments to meet up with the qualification for the award of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Although Justice Onnoghen did not revealed the identity of the affected lawyers, he, however, said the matter has been reported to the police for prosecution.
He made the disclosure yesterday after swearing -in 30 lawyers who were conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria by the by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC).
At the event which was used to kick-start the new legal year of the Supreme Court, the CJN further warned Judges not to be used by litigants to turn justice into commercial commodity for the highest bidder.
Onnoghen urged judicial officers to shun all acts of corrupt practices and abide by their oath of office.
We must not lose sight of the indispensable role of the judiciary in the fight against corruption. Corruption continues to place the judiciary in the eye of the storm, but, we cannot allow that to deter us or weaken our resolve. We must resist all attempts by a rapacious elite to make justice a commercial commodity.