The judiciary must remain independent (1)



By Aare Afe Babalola

THE judiciary is an indispensable arm of any constitutional democracy, and the existence of an effective judicial system is pivotal to the sustenance of the rule of law. A strong and independent judiciary plays a crucial role in the process of nation-building as the institutions of the state are premised on maintaining an equilibrium among competing interests between individuals and governments, and between governments themselves, and this role is fundamentally played by law as administered by the courts.

Thus, the courts, are the repository of the great responsibility and duty to ensure that justice is done, irrespective of any internal or external influence. In this regard, the courts dispense justice using the instrumentality of laws which are, by themselves, instruments of social engineering.

Before colonialism, the Nigerian indigenous judicial system had a measure of effectiveness and widespread acceptance by the people of the locality to…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper