2nd June, 2011
Justice Ibrahim Auta, the man who sentencedÂ Ogoni rights activist, Ken Saro-WiwaÂ to death, on trumped up charges,Â was on Thursday sworn into office as the substantive Chief Judge of the Federal High Court by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Alloysius Katsina- Alu.
The swearing in ceremony followed the confirmation of his appointment by the Senate following the request of President Goodluck Jonathan.
During the brief ceremony, the CJN admonished Justice Auta not to be intoxicated by the powers of his office but to dispence justice dispassionately.
“Don’t be carried away by the powers of your office. Don’t mind whatever lawyers will say against you, you are not answerable to them but to God. Give Nigerians justice and you will go home and sleep very well. We as judges owe Nigerians justice and fair play. In some cases you will face lawyers who will not prepare well for their case and yet criticise you for taking any decision, ignore such lawyers. You are not working for them but for Nigerians, the CJN counselled