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Don’t discuss matters pending in court, Onnoghen warns

Justice Walter Onnoghen - Don’t discuss matters pending in court, Onnoghen warns
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By Vivian Okejeme

Abuja

Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen has warned against unguarded comments on matters before courts with regards to issues concerning the Anambra Central senatorial district dispute.
The CJN reiterated that discussing matters before the court is contempt of court which could attract punishment.
In a statement released by his Special Assistant (Media), Awassam Bassy, Onnoghen appealed to litigants, advocates and the public to refrain from making unsubstantiated and malicious allegations and complaints against judicial officers.
He added that Judges could consider invoking their inherent power of contempt where there are clear violations or infractions in respect of matters that are subjudice.
Going further, he admonished parties and the general public to use only lawful means in the pursuit of remedies for their real and imagined grievances.
He, therefore, reminded the public to always embrace the rule of law as only solution to the country’s problem.
The statement reads in parts: “The Hon. CJN wishes to remind the general public that it is contempt of court for anyone to discuss any matter pending in any court of law in the country. The punishment for contempt may include a term of imprisonment.
The statement further stated, “It’s in the light of the above that the Hon. CJN continues to encourage parties and the general public to use only lawful means in the pursuit of remedies for their real and imagined grievances.
“The Hon. CJN reiterates his appeal to litigants, advocates and the public to refrain from making unsubstantiated and malicious allegations and complaints against Judicial Officers, and reminds Judges to consider invoking their inherent power of contempt where there are clear violations or infractions in respect of matters that are subjudice.”


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