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by Ikem Emmanuel

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice John Tsoho, has highlighted the critical role of the judiciary in maintaining confidence in the financial sector. He emphasized that a loss of confidence in the justice system can have serious consequences, potentially leading to anarchy. Justice Tsoho delivered this message during a seminar organized by the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) for Federal High Court judges in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Justice Tsoho began by underscoring the significance of confidence in the financial sector, particularly in banks. He noted that when a bank fails, it can have far-reaching implications, affecting the broader economy. A collapsed institution may cause a drop in the money supply, leading to increased unemployment. To prevent such scenarios, maintaining confidence in the banking and financial institutions is paramount.

Guarding Against Delays

One of the key factors that can erode public confidence in the judiciary is inordinate delays in the dispensation of justice. Justice Tsoho urged judges to take this issue seriously and guard against such delays. Delays, which often result in a backlog of cases, can lead to frustration among the public and a loss of trust in the judicial system. To avoid these challenges, a commitment to timely justice is essential.

Seminar’s Focus on Depositors’ Confidence

The seminar organized by the NDIC had a central theme: ‘Strengthening depositors’ confidence in Banks and other financial institutions through the speedy dispensation of Justice.’ This theme reflects the need to address concerns related to internet fraud, insider dealings, the security of depositors’ money, and mismanagement within the banking sector. Justice Tsoho emphasized the importance of this seminar, particularly at a time when these concerns are prevalent.

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Challenges in the Banking Sector

The administrator of the National Judicial Institute, Hon. Justice Salisu Abdullahi, also spoke at the seminar, highlighting the challenges in the banking sector. He noted the interplay between financial technology and traditional banking as a significant challenge. The seminar aimed to provide insights and solutions to these complex problems, addressing whether current banking laws and regulations are up-to-date and in tune with emerging realities.

Urgent Reforms and Collective Good

Justice Abdullahi raised essential questions during the seminar, inquiring whether the banking laws and regulations require urgent and consequential reforms. He stressed that these questions, along with others raised during the seminar, should be components of the discussions, leading to outcomes that benefit all stakeholders.

Hassan Bello, the Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, also highlighted the crucial role of the judiciary in the banking sector. He explained that from the revocation of banking licenses to the liquidation and termination of activities, the judiciary plays a critical role in resolving disputes and ensuring the stability and trustworthiness of the financial sector.

Justice Tsoho’s call for swift justice and confidence in the banking sector underscores the vital role of the judiciary in ensuring financial stability and the overall well-being of the economy. The seminar organized by the NDIC provides a platform for judges and legal experts to address these challenges and work towards solutions that benefit all citizens and institutions involved in the financial sector.

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