The Chief Judge of Borno State, Justice Kashim Zannah, has sworn in 21 new judges of Sharia courts in the state.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday in Maiduguri, Justice Zannah urged the newly sworn-in judges to be firm and just in the discharge of their duties in line with their oath of office.
He admonished them to conduct their affairs within the ambit of the law and the oath of office that was administered on them.
He said, “Each one of you coming in on merit and not by any influence or favour, you should have no difficulty in believing us when we say we will not tolerate corruption. We will not, under any condition or excuse, tolerate corruption.
“We punish it with dismissal and disgrace. That’s the only punishment for corruption, not demotion or transfer. We have no choice in the matter, just like we had no choice but to appoint you when you passed and made the cutoff mark.
“All of you were clearly informed of the condition and that you would be posted anywhere in the state where peace is restored. You accepted. As soon as government provides the facilities, you shall move to your stations.
“We also urge the local authorities through the instrumentality of the state government to enable you have farms to cultivate and improve food supply and supplement your income. Ethical farming is allowed and encouraged.”
Earlier speaking, State Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Barrister Abba Malam Ummate, applauded the state government for the laudable projects embarked upon in the judiciary and appealed for timely completion of the projects.