Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu, has advised judges to shun corruption and acts capable of tarnishing their reputation and offices.
He gave the warning on Friday in Abuja while swearing in 14 new Justices of the Court of Appeal.
Katsina-Alu said that any judge who accepted bribe was worse than an accused person standing trial, and advised judges against indulging in acts capable of tarnishing the image of the Bench.
“The society in which we live is constantly changing, and it is up to members of the judiciary to live above board.
“This has become imperative in view of the challenges that continue to emerge during the current democratic dispensation.
“Judges must be prepared to approach issues with an enquiring and critical mind.
“Your judgments must be made without fear or favour. Decisions must be arrived at after an impartial and objective consideration of the evidence brought before the court,” he added.
President Goodluck Jonathan had on July 13 approved the appointment of 14 Justices of the Court of Appeal and eight judges for the Federal Capital Territory High Courts.
The Justices of the Court of Appeal are Justices Abubakar Alkali and Chinwe Iyizoba of the Adamawa High Court, Tom Shaibu Yakubu, Kogi High Court; Joseph Sikyegh and Tine Tur, Benue High Court.
Others are Justices Rita Nosakhare Pemu and Samuel Oseji, Delta High Court, Philomena Ekpe, Cross River High Court; Haruna Mohammed Tsammani, Bauchi State High Court; and Mohammed Danjuma, Taraba High Court.
The others are Ita Mbaba, Akwa Ibom High Court; Akeju Isaiah Olufemi, Ekiti State High Court; Tunde Awotoye, Osun High Court; and Moore Adumein, Bayelsa High Court.