Gombe State Chief Judge, Justice Hakila Y Heman, has warned 26 newly appointed Area Court and Upper Area Court judges to shun corruption and all its ramifications.
Justice Heman gave the warning while swearing-in 19 Area Court Judges and seven Upper Area Court Judges following the upgrading as well as retirement of some Judges on the grounds of age.
He told them that they must uphold the aura and dignity of the court and ensure that the company they keep, the places they visit, the utterances they make outside the court are not such that would bring their exalted offices as Judicial Officers into disrepute and ridicule.
In his words, “You must shun corruption in all its ramifications both in and out of court. You should in that regard be guided by the code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
According to him, the new Judges are expected to be conversant with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, the Evidence Act, the Area Court Law, the Area Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, the Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code.
He also called on those to administer Islamic Sharia Law to ensure that they are knowledgeable in the Holy Quran, Tufatul Huklam, Sharhin Askari, Sharhin Risala, Bodarul Zaujaini, Maiyara (Sharhin Tufa) and the Hadith of Buhari and Muslim.
“All Upper Area Judges may wish to note that literacy and knowledge of Arabic is now a pre-requisite for consideration of appointment to the office of a Kadi. It is therefore pertinent that those of you who are to administer Sharia Law should be learned in Arabic to enable you study and apply the relevant law books”, he stressed.