The Lagos State Judiciary has said that it is currently investigating a report of professional misconduct and extortion among its staff

CITY LAWYER had republished an investigative report where officers in some  Lagos courts were caught demanding arbitrary fees from an under-cover journalist.

But a statement issued by the Ag. Chief Registrar, T. A. Elias noted that the matter is being investigated and the officers involved “are being put through the necessary process for the appropriate disciplinary measures.”

The statement reads:

“The Lagos State Judiciary is aware of the trending online news of unprofessional conduct by some officers reported to be in the habit of extorting money from members of the public.

“It is important to state unequivocally that the Lagos State Judiciary condemns such abhorrent behaviour if confirmed to be true. There are internal investigative and disciplinary mechanisms usually deployed as part of our management system and such have been promptly activated in this particular circumstance.

“It should be noted that the Lagos State Judiciary just like any other organization may have errant officers who deviate from the laid down rules but what is important is that such errant officers are decisively dealt with after being given fair hearing.

“This office is currently investigating this reported incident and the officers involved are being put through the necessary process for the appropriate disciplinary measures.

“The General Public is hereby assured that the Lagos State Judiciary has zero tolerance for corruption and will swiftly and decisively deal with any of its Officers against whom such is proven.

“Thank you.”

The special investigative project was conducted by Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF) in partnership with TheCable, supported by the MacArthur Foundation. 

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