The Lagos state judiciary says it will probe and take disciplinary action against court officials found guilty of extorting residents. A report published by TheCable on Tuesday exposed court officials in the practice of charging arbitrary amounts before issuing documents and certified true copies (CTC) of court rulings. In a statement on Wednesday, Tajudeen Elias, chief registrar, Lagos high court, said the state’s judiciary has become aware of the unprofessional conduct of some officials. Elias said his office has set up an investigation into the reported incidents of extortion, adding that those found guilty would be decisively dealt with. “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,” the statement reads. “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 a 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 chief registrar added that Lagos courts have zero tolerance for corruption.

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