Resumption Of Courts: NJC Sets Up Monitoring Team

NBA president-elect, Olumide Apata. Photo: [email protected] Akpata

 

Ahead of the planned resumption of courts on Monday the 14th of June, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata has disclosed that a monitoring committee set up by the National Judicial Council (NJC) will address the concerns raised by JUSUN.

In a statement dated 9th of June, Mr. Akpata says, “the committee is to ensure that Governors do not renege from their financial and ancillary commitments which influenced JUSUN’s decision to suspend the strike.

According to the statement, the monitoring committee will be Chaired by a retired justice officer the Supreme Court, the Emir of Lafia, Nassarawa State, His Royal Highness, Justice Sidi Bage.

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Other members of the committee are, the President of the National Industrial Court, Justice Benedict Kanyip, the Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice Onuoha Ogwe, the NBA President, and a Snr Advocate of Nigeria, Dr. Muiz Banire.

The NBA President also noted that after initial hesitation, the state governors on the 4th of June signed their part of the negotiated agreement with JUSUN which requires them to release funds to the Heads of Courts in their respective states before the strike can be called off.

In concluding, the statement says “while we express optimism never to read this path again…, the NBA will continue to engage with the state governors and JUSUN towards a holistic resolution of the issues that necessitated the industrial action in the first instance.

The strike which seeks the implementation of the financial autonomy of the judiciary began on the 6th of April and was in its 10th week before it was called off on Wed, the 9th of June.

NJC Recommends Appointment Of 28 Judges, Issues Strict Warning To Two Jurists

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the appointment of 26 judges across the federation.

In a statement issued on Friday by its spokesman, Soji Oye, the council also issued a strict warning to two judges.

According to the statement, the NJC took the decisions after a meeting held on March 17-18 under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Justice Ibrahim Muhammad.

“The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, at its 94 th Meeting held on 17 to 18 March 2021, considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and resolved to recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and the Governors of Rivers, Nasarawa, Kogi, Jigawa, Ebonyi and Delta States twenty-six (26) successful candidates for appointment as Justices of Court of Appeal and Heads of Court in Nigeria,” the statement partly read.

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“Council decided to issue strong warning letters to Hon. Justices Mufutau Olokoba and M. A. Savage of the Lagos State High Court.

“Hon. Justice Olokoba was reprimanded and also put on the watch list of the Council for his failure to deliver judgement within the Constitutional period of 90 days and Hon. Justice Savage was reprimanded for not being in charge of his Court.”

SEE FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

PRESS RELEASE

18 March 2021

 NJC recommends the appointment of twenty-six (26) Judicial Officers, eighteen (18) Justices of the Court of Appeal and eight (8) Heads of Court; Empanels Committee to investigate one Judge; Issues two strong warning letters to Judges

The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, at its 94th Meeting held on 17 to 18 March 2021, considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and resolved to recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and the Governors of Rivers, Nasarawa, Kogi, Jigawa, Ebonyi and the Delta States twenty-six (26) successful candidates for appointment as Justices of Court of Appeal and Heads of Court in Nigeria.

They are as follows:

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  1. EIGHTEEN (18) JUSTICES, COURT OF APPEAL
  2. i) Hon. Justice Bature Isah Gafai
  3. ii) Hon. Justice Muhammad Ibrahim Sirajo

iii) Hon. Justice Waziri Abdul-Azeez

  1. iv) Hon. Justice Yusuf Alhaji Bashir
  2. v) Hon. Justice Usman A. Musale
  3. vi) Hon. Justice Jauro Ibrahim Wakili

vii) Hon. Justice Abba Bello Mohammed

viii) Hon. Grand Kadi Mohammed Danjuma

  1. ix) Hon. Justice Danlami Zama Senchi
  2. x) Hon. Justice Mohammed Lawal Abubakar
  3. xi) Hon. Justice Hassan Muslim Sule

xii) Hon. Justice Amadi Kenneth Ikechukwu

xiii) Hon. Justice Peter Oyinkenimiemi Affen

xiv) Hon. Justice Sybil Onyeji Nwaka Gbagi

  1. xv) Hon. Justice Olasumbo Olanrewaju Goodluck

xvi) Hon. Justice Banjoko Adebukunola Adeoti Ibironke

xvii) Hon. Justice Olabode Abimbola Adegbehingbe

xviii) Hon. Justice Bola Samuel Ademola

  1. CHIEF JUDGE, FCT, ABUJA
  2. i) Hon. Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi
  3. CHIEF JUDGE, RIVERS STATE
  4. i) Hon. Justice Simeon Chibuzor Amadi
  5. CHIEF JUDGE, NASARAWA STATE
  6. i) Hon. Justice Aisha Bashir Aliyu
  7. CHIEF JUDGE, KOGI STATE
  8. i) Hon. Justice Sunday Omeiza Otu
  9. CHIEF JUDGE, JIGAWA STATE
  10. i) Hon. Justice Umar Maigari Sadiq
  11. CHIEF JUDGE, EBONYI STATE
  12. i) Hon. Justice Ngene Anagu Elvis
  13. CHIEF JUDGE, DELTA STATE
  14. i) Hon. Justice Theresa T. Obiajulu Ogochukwu Diai
  15. PRESIDENT, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL,

DELTA STATE

  1. i) Hon. Justice Patience Onuwa Elumeze

4 All recommended candidates are expected to be sworn-in after approval by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and their respective State Governors and confirmation by the National Assembly and the respective States Houses of Assembly.

Council at the Meeting deliberated on the Reports on 24 petitions written against 29 Judges presented by its Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee and decided to empanel an investigation Committee against one Judge and issued two strong warning letters against 2 Judges of the Federal and State High Courts. It also resolved to set up a Medical Board to ascertain the health status of one Judge.

Council decided to issue strong warning letters to Hon. Justices Mufutau Olokoba and M. A. Savage of the Lagos State High Court.

5 Hon. Justice Olokoba was reprimanded and also put on the watch list of the Council for his failure to deliver judgement within the Constitutional period of 90 days and Hon. Justice Savage was reprimanded for not being in charge of his Court.

The remaining petitions were summarily dismissed for obvious and manifest lack of merit, being subjudice, overtaken by events, or that such petitions were matters for appeal.

The dismissed petitions were against Hon. Justices Rita Nosakhare Pemu, Ita G. Mbaba and Theresa Ngolika Orji-Abadua all of Owerri Division of the Court of Appeal; Hon. Justices O. O. Oguntoyinbo and A. Lewis- Allagoa of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice Anslem A. Nwaigwe, Chief Judge of Ebonyi State, Hon. Justices M. A. Abubakar, Binta Bawa Rijau of Niger State High

6 Court, Hon. Justice Maurice Odey Eneji of Cross River State and Hon. Justice Kulu Aliyu, Chief Judge, Zamfara State.

Other petitions dismissed were those written against Hon. Justice S. O. Falola of Osun State Judiciary; Hon. Justices C. C. Okaa, S. N. Odili and P. C. Obiorah, all of Anambra State High Court; Hon. Justice Chukwuemeka – Chikeka, Hon. Justice Ijeoma O. Agugua, Acting Chief Judge of Imo State; Hon. Justice Y. A. Adesanya of the Lagos State Judiciary and Hon. Justices Godwin O. Ollor and S. H. Aprioku of Rivers State High Court.

Similarly, Council dismissed petitions written against Hon. Justices Hadiza H. Ali-Jos, E. B. Omotoso, I. Ityonyiman, W. O. Animasahun, A. A. Aderibigbe and Hon Kadi M. Y. Usman who served in two Election Petition Tribunals.

7 Council also received notifications of the retirement of seventeen (17) Judicial Officers and notifications of death of three Judges from the Federal and State Judiciaries.

Soji Oye, Esq

Director, Information

NJC Recommends Retirement Of Two Judges, Dismisses Petitions Against 18 Others

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The National Judicial Council has recommended the compulsory retirement of two judges and dismissed petitions against 18 others.

In a statement issued on Sunday by the Director of Information, Soji Oye, the decision followed NJC’s 93rd Meeting which held in Abuja virtually on December 16.

According to him, the affected judges are Hon. Grand Kadi, Shu’aibu A. Talba, the Grand Kadi of Yobe State and Hon. Justice Abdulkareem Babatunde Abdulrasaq of Osun State High Court.

“The National Judicial Council at its 93rd Meeting of 16th December 2020 held virtually has recommended the compulsory retirement of Hon. Grand Kadi, Shu’aibu A. Talba, the Grand Kadi of Yobe State and Hon. Justice Abdulkareem Babatunde Abdulrasaq of Osun State High Court with immediate effect,” the statement partly read.

“Similarly, Council considered the Report of the Interview Committee and recommended the appointment of Sixty-nine (69) Judicial Officers as Heads of Court, Judges of High Court of States, Kadis of States/FCT Sharia Courts of Appeal and Judges of the Customary Courts of Appeal.”

SEE FULL STATEMENT:

PRESS RELEASE

18th December, 2020

  • NJC recommends the compulsory retirement of two Judicial Officers, dismisses petitions against 18 others;

 

  • Recommends appointment of 69 (Sixty-Nine) Judicial Officers

The National Judicial Council at its 93rd Meeting of 16 December 2020 held virtually has recommended the compulsory retirement of Hon. Grand Kadi, Shu’aibu A. Talba, the Grand Kadi of Yobe State and Hon. Justice Abdulkareem Babatunde Abdulrasaq of Osun State High Court with immediate effect.

Hon. Grand Kadi Shu’aibu Talba

Hon. Grand Kadi Shu’aibu Talba was recommended for compulsory retirement following an investigation into a petition against him written by one Malam Zakar Adamu, Chairman, Movement for Justice in Nigeria, alleging that His Lordshipfalsified his age on two occasions, i.e. from 1st February, 1955 to 27th August, 1955 and later to 30th December, 1959.

Findings revealed that he was supposed to have retired on 1st February, 2020 by virtue of his declared date of birth of 1st February 1955.

Council, after deliberation, decided to recommend His Lordship’s compulsory retirement to Governor Mai Mala Buniof Yobe State. Furthermore, Council requested the Government of Yobe State to deduct all salaries received by His Lordship from 1st February, 2020 till date, from his gratuity, and remit same to the National Judicial Council that pays salaries of all Judicial Officers in the Federation.​

 

HON. JUSTICE ABDUL-KAREEM BABATUNDE ABDULRASAQ

 

Council also considered a petition by Chief Yomi Alliyu, SAN, and found merit in his allegation against Hon. Justice Abdul-Kareem Babatunde Abdulrasaq that His Lordship falsified his date of birth from 3rd September, 1955 to 3rd September, 1957.

Council, therefore, recommended His Lordship’s compulsory retirement to Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State with effect from 3rd September, 2020. It also requested the Osun State Government to deduct from His Lordship gratuity, salaries received by him from 3rd September, 2020, and remit same to the National Judicial Council.

Meanwhile, in the exercise of its disciplinary powers under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, the National Judicial Council has suspended Hon. Grand Kadi Talba and Hon. Justice Abdul-Kareem Babatunde Abdulrasaq from office pending the approval of the recommendation of their compulsory retirements by their respective Governors.

REPORT OF PRELIMINARY COMPLAINTS ASSESSMENT COMMITTEES

 

Council also considered the Reports of its two Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committees and agreed with the recommendations to dismiss Eighteen (18) petitions against the following fourteen (14) Judicial Officers:

Federal High Court

Hon. Justice Simon A. Amobeda,

Hon. Justice Taiwo O. Taiwo,

Hon. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba

Hon. Justice R. O. Dugbo Oghoghorie

 

Delta State High Court

Hon. Justice T. O. Uloho

Hon. Justice Michael N. Obi

 

Lagos State High Court

Hon. Justice G. M. Onyeabo

 

Rivers State High Court

Hon. Justice A. I. Iyayi-Lamikanra, Chief Judge, Rivers State

Hon. Justice A. U. Kingsley-Chuku

Hon. Justice J. N. Ukpugwnum

 

Taraba State High Court

Hon. Justice F. B. Andetur, Chief Judge, Taraba State

Enugu State High Court

Hon. Justice Comfort C. Ani

Gombe State High Court

Hon. Justice M. A. Pindiga

Kebbi State High Court

Hon. Justice M. M. Umar

INTERVIEW COMMITTEE

Similarly, Council considered the Report of the Interview Committee and recommended the appointment of Sixty-nine (69) Judicial Officers as Heads of Court, Judges of High Court of States, Kadis of States/FCT Sharia Courts of Appeal and Judges of the Customary Courts of Appeal.

In another development, Council also received and approved the Report of its Committee on Appointments, Promotion and Discipline which recommended the promotion of Seventy (70) Members of Staff of the National Judicial Council.

NOTIFICATIONS OF DEATH AND RETIREMENT OF JUDICIAL OFFICERS

 

The notifications of retirement of 12 Judicial Officers and notifications of death of three (3) Judges of Federal and State Courts were also received and noted by Council.

Soji Oye, Esq

Director, Information

 

NJC Recommends Appointment Of 22 Judges For Supreme Court, Others

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the appointment of 22 judges for the Supreme Court and other courts of the federation.

In a statement on Friday, NJC’s Director of Information, Soji Oye, explained that the decision to recommend the appointment of the judges was taken at the second virtual meeting of the Council which held on August 11 and 12 respectively.

The meeting was chaired by the NJC Chairman and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.

A breakdown of the figure indicates that four of the judges are recommended as Supreme Court Justices, three Heads of Court, 11 judges for State High Courts, and four Kadis of the Sharia Court of Appeal.

NJC recommended the judges to President Muhammadu Buhari and governors of the respective states for the appointments.

Read the full statement below:

PRESS RELEASE

13th August 2020

NJC recommends appointment of four (4) Justices, Supreme Court of Nigeria, three (3) Heads of Court, eleven (11) Judges for State High Courts and four (4) Kadis, of Sharia Court of Appeal

The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, at its 2nd Virtual Meeting held on 11th and 12th August, 2020, considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and resolved to recommend the under-listed names of twenty-two (22) successful candidates to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and their respective State Governors for appointment as Justices of Supreme Court of Nigeria, Heads of Court and other Judicial Officers in Nigeria.

They are as follows:

  1. APPOINTMENT OF FOUR (4) JUSTICES, SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA
  2. i) Justice Tijjani Abubakar

(North-East Zone)

  1. ii) Justice Mohammed L. Garba

(North-West Zone)

iii)           Hon. Justice Abdu Aboki

(North-West Zone)

  1. iv) Justice Mohammed M. Saulawa

(North-west Zone)

The Supreme Court of Nigeria currently have a total number of 12 Justices including the Hon. The Chief Justice of Nigeria, consisting of two (2) Justices from North Central, one (1) from the North East, one (1) from North West, three (3) from South East, one (1) from the South South and three (3) from the South West.

  1. APPOINTMENT CHIEF JUDGE, YOBE STATE
  2. i) Justice Gumna Kashim Kaigama
  3. APPOINTMENT OF GRAND KADI, SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL, KATSINA STATE
  4. i) Kadi Muhammed Abubakar
  5. APPOINTMENT OF PRESIDENT, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, IMO STATE
  6. i) Justice Mathew Emeka Njoku

 

  1. APPOINTMENT OF SIX (6) JUDGES, HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE, KANO STATE
  2. i) Jamilu Shehu Suleiman
  3. ii) Maryam Ahmen Sabo

iii)           Sanusi Ado Ma’aji

  1. iv) Abdu Maiwada Abubakar
  2. v) Zuwaira Yusuf
  3. vi) Hafsat Yahaya Sani
  4. APPOINTMENT OF TWO (2) JUDGES, HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE, TARABA STATE
  5. i) Clara Jummai Kataps
  6. ii) Kazera Blessing Kodiya

 

  1. APPOINTMENT OF FOUR (4) KADIS SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL, KADUNA STATE
  2. i) Muhammad Aminu Danjuma
  3. ii) Mustapha Umar

iii)           Muhammad Tukur Rashid

  1. iv) Muhammad Nasir Sidi

 

  1. APPOINTMENT OF THREE (3) JUDGES, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, DELTA STATE
  2. i) Gabriel Nkeiruka Dele Okafor
  3. ii) Grace Abanre Ibiye

iii)           Jessica Susan Gberevbie

All recommended candidates are expected to be sworn-in after approval by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and their respective State Governors and confirmation by the National Assembly and the respective State House of Assemblies.

Soji Oye, Esq

Director, Information

NJC Recommends Appointment Of 22 Judicial Officers, Warns Judge

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The National Judicial Commission (NJC), has recommended the appointment of 22 officers for Federal and State judiciaries.

The recommendation was considered during a virtual meeting held on Wednesday and Thursday in Abuja.

A statement by the Director of Information of the Council, Soji Oye, (Esq) says that council considered the Report of its Interview Committee and recommended twenty-two (22) Judicial Officers as Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Heads of Court, Judges of High Court of States, Kadis of States Sharia Courts of Appeal and Judges of Customary Courts of Appeal.

“The NJC received the final report of the Judicial Ethics Committee and other Ad-Hoc Committees set up.

“The council also received the notification of the retirement of thirteen (13) Judges and notification of the death of six (6) Judges of States High Courts and Sharia Court of Appeal”, the statement read.

Similarly, the NJC under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Dr Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, considered the Report of its Investigation Committee on allegation of misconduct made against Hon. Justice K. N. Ogbonnaya of High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

At the end of the deliberation, the Plenary resolved to issue a warning letter to Hon. Justice K. N. Ogbonnaya of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory following its findings on the petition written against him by Dr. Uchechukwu Samson Ogah, OON, that His Lordship refused to release a copy of the judgment delivered to the petitioner within the constitutionally prescribed period of seven (7) days.

During the meeting, the petition written by Mrs. Ademujimi Adenike Nancy against Hon. Justice Sunday Olorundahunsi was dismissed for want of merit.

The Council also considered the Report of Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee on petitions written against the following sixteen (16) Judicial Officers and dismissed the allegations levelled against Hon. Justice Ayodele Daramola, Chief Judge, Ekiti State, Sulyman Kawu, Chief Judge, Kwara State, Hon. Justices I. N. Oweibo, Hadiza R. Shagari, Ijeoma L. Ojukwu, Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa all of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justices B. A. Oke-Lawal, O. A. Ogala of the Lagos State High Court, Hon. Justice Augusta Uche Kingsley-Chukwu, High Court of Rivers State, Hon. Justice Mustapha A. Ramat, High Court, Nasarawa State, Hon. Justices M. M. Ladan, Muhammed Lawal Bello both of the High Court of Kaduna State, Hon. Justice Adamu M. Kafin Madaki, High Court of Bauchi State, Hon. Justice L. M. Boufini, High Court, Bayelsa State and Hon. Kadi Goni Kur, Sharia Court of Appeal, Borno State for either lacking in merit or being subjudice.

Read Full Statement Below:

PRESS RELEASE: NJC RECOMMENDS APPOINTMENT OF TWENTY-TWO (22) JUDICIAL OFFICERS FOR FEDERAL AND STATE JUDICIARIES; • ISSUES LETTER OF WARNING TO A JUDGE.

The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, at its 2nd Virtual Meeting held on 11th and 12th August 2020, considered the Report of its Investigation Committee on allegation of misconduct made against Hon. Justice K. N. Ogbonnaya of High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

At the end of the deliberation, the Plenary resolved to issue a warning letter to Hon. Justice K. N. Ogbonnaya of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory following its findings on the petition written against him by Dr. Uchechukwu Samson Ogah, OON, that His Lordship refused to release a copy of Judgment delivered to the petitioner within the constitutionally prescribed period of seven (7) days.

In the same vein, Council also dismissed a petition written by Mrs. Ademujimi Adenike Nancy against Hon. Justice Sunday Olorundahunsi for want of merit.

Council also considered the Report of Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee on petitions written against the following sixteen (16) Judicial Officers and dismissed the allegations levelled against Hon. Justice Ayodele Daramola, Chief Judge, Ekiti State, Sulyman Kawu, Chief Judge, Kwara State, Hon. Justices I. N. Oweibo, Hadiza R. Shagari, Ijeoma L. Ojukwu, Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa all of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justices B. A. Oke-Lawal, O. A. Ogala of the Lagos State High Court, Hon. Justice Augusta Uche Kingsley-Chukwu, High Court of Rivers State, Hon. Justice Mustapha A. Ramat, High Court, Nasarawa State, Hon. Justices M. M. Ladan, Muhammed Lawal Bello both of the High Court of Kaduna State, Hon. Justice Adamu M. Kafin Madaki, High Court of Bauchi State, Hon. Justice L. M. Boufini, High Court, Bayelsa State and Hon. Kadi Goni Kur, Sharia Court of Appeal, Borno State for either lacking in merit or being subjudice.

Similarly, at the Meeting, Council considered the Report of its Interview Committee and recommended twenty-two (22) Judicial Officers as Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Heads of Court, Judges of High Court of States, Kadis of States Sharia Courts of Appeal and Judges of Customary Courts of Appeal.

It also received the final report of the Judicial Ethics Committee and other Ad-Hoc Committees set up.

Council also received the notification of the retirement of thirteen (13) Judges and notification of the death of six (6) Judges of States High Courts and Sharia Court of Appeal.

Soji Oye, Esq

Director, Information

NJC Recommendation: Justice Reform Project Challenges Shortlist, Asks Court To Restrain Buhari

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A group of like-minded senior lawyers under the aegis of ‘The Justice Reform Project’, (JRP) has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to restrain President Muhammadu Buhari from appointing as judges, 21 persons recently recommended to him by the National Judicial Council, NJC.

The group is also urging the court to grant a perpetual injunction stopping the President from approving the appointment of the 21 persons, as judges of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has failed to meet conditions for such appointment.

JRP, was set up in February 2019 with membership cutting across senior and junior lawyers. It consists of not less than 20 Senior Advocates of Nigeria with members including Kayode Sofola, Tani Molajo, Funke Adekoya, Femi Atoyebi, and Yemi Candide-Johnson.

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Apart from the President, JRP has listed the NJC, the Judicial Service Committee of the FCT, the Attorney General of the Federation, and the 21 nominated persons (who include Magistrates and lawyers) as defendants in the suit.

JRP also wants the court to decide whether, the NJC or the Judicial service committee of the FCT, has the power to recommend for appointment as judges, any person who neither meets the criteria nor satisfy the conditions laid down in the extant Guidelines and Procedural Rules for the Appointment of Judicial Officers in Nigeria.

The group is seeking a declaration of the court that the 5th to 25th Defendants are not suitable persons for appointment as judges,
having failed to meet the criteria and satisfy the conditions set out in the extant Guidelines and Procedural Rules.

In a 24 paragraph-affidavit sworn to by the Chairman of the JRP Governing Board, Mrs. Funke Adekoya (SAN), the group says, “it is concerned about the dysfunctional justice system in Nigeria” and it has therefore embarked on a mission to restore and sustain the integrity of the judiciary in order to regain public confidence in the dispensation of justice in the Nigerian Courts.

The suit has been assigned to Justice Okon Abang who has fixed the 10th of July for hearing.

NJC Clears Federal Judge Of Misconduct

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has cleared a judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Justice Taiwo O. Taiwo of misconduct.

The Council chaired by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, dismissed a petition by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the jurist.

Justice Muhammad held that the anti-graft agency’s letter, accusing the judge of wrongfully granting an ex parte application, was without merit.

He, therefore, advised the EFCC’s Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, to file an appeal, if he was dissatisfied with the decision.

This comes a month after the EFCC filed a petition claiming that Justice Taiwo granted an ex parte order restraining it from performing its statutory functions.

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But the Council, in its response made available to the EFCC today, said it considered the Commission’s claim and the judge’s response during an online meeting on 22 and 23 April 2020.

“After deliberation, the Council could not find any substance of infraction committed by the learned trial judge.

“Council also noted that all the steps taken by the learned trial judge in handling the cases were in accord with the laws and procedure legally available.

“Consequently, the Council dismissed the petition for lack of merit. You are therefore advised to appeal against the Ruling if you wish, please,”  the NJC said in a letter by its secretary, Ahmed Saleh.

Alleged Malpractice: NJC Suspends Two Judges

 

The National Judicial Council has suspended two judges, the Acting President of Customary Court of Appeal in Imo State, Justice Francis Abosi and Justice Aliyu Liman of the Bauchi State High Court.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Director of Information of the Council, Soji Oye, on Friday

According to the statement, the decision to sack the judges was taken during its 91st meeting held online on April 22, 2020, and it is expected to take effect immediately.

The statement further explained that Justice Francis Chukwuma Abosi, was recommended for compulsory retirement following the falsification of his date of birth from 1950 to 1958, having discovered that he was supposed to have retired in November 2015 when he attained the mandatory retirement age of 65 years.

The council also made a recommendation to Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State to deduct the salaries he had earned from November 2015 to date from his retirement benefit.

On the other hand, Justice Aliyu Liman of the Bauchi State High Court was also recommended to the state governor, Bala Mohammed for compulsory retirement, pursuant to the findings by the Council over his failure to deliver judgement in a suit between Abubakar Isa and Sheik Tahir Bauchi within the three-month period stipulated by the 1999 Constitution, having held onto the said judgement for almost four years.

Meanwhile, the council also constituted a 10-man committee to come up with urgent, practical and strategic measures to be put in place in order to ensure that courts continue to function despite the lockdown and the COVID-19 challenges.

The members are Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, Justice John Tsoho, Justice Benedict Kanyip, Justice Ishaq Bello, Justice Kashim Zannah, Justice Oyebola Ojo, Paul Usoro, Abubakar Mahmoud, Damian Dodo, and Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour as Chairman.

NJC Sacks Two Judges, Appoints 70 Others

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The National Judicial Council has suspended two judges, the Acting President of Customary Court of Appeal in Imo State, Justice Francis Abosi and Justice Aliyu Liman of Bauchi State High Court with immediate effect.

In a statement signed by the Director of Information of the Council, Mr Soji Oye, the decision to sack the Judges was taken during its 91st meeting held online on the April 22.

Justice Francis Abosi, was recommended for compulsory retirement following the falsification of his date of birth from 1950 to 1958, having discovered that he was supposed to have retired in November 2015 when he attained the mandatory retirement age of 65 years.

The Council also made a recommendation to Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state to deduct the salaries he had earned from November 2015 to date from his retirement benefit.

Justice Aliyu Liman of Bauchi State High Court was also recommended to the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed for compulsory retirement pursuant to the findings by the Council over his failure to deliver judgement in a suit between Abubakar Isa and Sheik Tahir Bauchi within the three months period stipulated by the 1999 Constitution having held onto the said judgement for almost four years.

The Council headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed also constituted a 10-man committee to come up with urgent practical strategic measures to be put in place in order to ensure Courts continue to function despite the lockdown and COVID-19 challenges.

Members are Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, Justice John Tsoho,  Justice Benedict  Kanyip, Justice Ishaq Bello, Justice Kashim Zannah, Justice Oyebola Ojo, Paul Usoro, Abubakar  Mahmoud, Damian Dodo,  and Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour as  Chairman.

The Committee is expected to come up with   Guidelines or template for implementation to explore possible areas of collaboration between the Judiciary and the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, stakeholders in the Justice Administration and Development Partners in Justice Administration Sector; and any other measures that the Committee may deem fit in realising these objectives and they have 14 days to submit its Report.

Petitions against Justice Othman Musa of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Justices Muhammed Sambo and Sa’ad Zadawa of the High Court of Justice, Bauchi State were dismissed for lacking in merit.

The Council also decided to report Apeiyi Clement, Ifeanyi Egwasi, Nwafor Orizu, Godwin Chukwukwere, Akopde  Ukuku,  Emefo Etudo, Osamudiamen Obarogie and B. S. Onuegbu to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) for various acts ranging from unruly behaviour like walking out of Court in the cause of proceedings to submission of false documents to Court.

Also, 70 Judicial Officers were recommended for appointment as President, Court of Appeal, Grand Kadis, President, Customary Court of Appeal and Judges of High Court of States and the Federal Capital Territory and Kadis of States Sharia Courts of Appeal.

NJC Recommends Appointment Of 33 Judges In 11 States

BREAKING: NJC Holds Emergency Meeting Over Onnoghen's Suspension
A file photo of the NJC session in Abuja.

 

 

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has approved the appointments of 33 heads of courts in 11 states across the country.

NJC’s Director of Information, Soji Oye, disclosed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Thursday.

He explained that the Council considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee during its meeting which held on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Oye said the Council then resolved to recommend the names of the candidates to the governors of the respective states.

They are Anambra, Kebbi, Cross River, Zamfara, Ogun, Osun, Rivers, Imo, Sokoto, Ekiti and Niger States.

Read the full statement below:

19TH DECEMBER, 2019

NJC recommends appointment of (6) Heads of Court, and (26) Twenty-six Judicial Officers for State High Courts and one (1) Kadi, Sharia Court of Appeal;

The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, at its Meeting of 17th and 18th December, 2019, considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and resolved to recommend to the Governors of Anambra, Kebbi, Cross River, Zamfara, Ogun, Osun, Rivers, Imo, Sokoto, Ekiti and Niger States, Thirty-three (33) successful candidates for appointment as Heads of Courts and other Judicial Officers in Nigeria.

They are as follows:

APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, ANAMBRA STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Hon. Justice Onochie Manasseh Anyachebelu

 

APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, KEBBI STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Hon. Justice Mohammed Suleiman Ambursa

 

APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, CROSS RIVER STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Hon. Justice Akon Bassey Ikpeme

 

APPOINTMENT OF GRAND KADI, ZAMFARA STATE SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL

Hon. Kadi Umaru Muhammad Gusau

 

APPOINTMENT OF PRESIDENT, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, OGUN STATE

Hon. Justice Mobolaji Ayodele Ojo

 

APPOINTMENT OF PRESIDENT, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, OSUN STATE

Hon. Justice Foluke Eunice Awolalu

 

APPOINTMENT OF FOUR (4) JUDGES, RIVERS STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Stephens Dirialakeibama Jumbo

Chuku Mark Onyema

Ngbor-Abina Lemea

Fibresima Florence Atili

 

APPOINTMENT OF TWO (2) JUDGES, OGUN STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Olufunmilayo O. Stanley

Olukemi Olusola Yetunde Oresanya

 

APPOINTMENT OF SEVEN (7) JUDGES, IMO STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Onyeka Vincent Ifeanyichukwu

Leweanya Kechinyere A.

Victoria Chinyere Isiguzo

Vivian O. B. Ekezie

Eze Nonye Eke

Ihuoma Grace Chukwunyere

Ibeawuchi Edith Chinyere

 

APPOINTMENT OF THREE (3) JUDGES, SOKOTO STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Aminu Garba Sifawa

Mohammed Mohammed

Raliya Uthman Muhammad

 

APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) JUDGE, EKITI STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Obafemi Makanju Fasanmi

 

APPOINTMENT OF THREE (3) JUDGES, NIGER STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Salisu Alhassan Majidadi

Binta Bawa

Danladi Ahmad

 

APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) KADI, KEBBI STATE SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL

Bello Khalid Jega

 

APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) JUDGE, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, RIVERS STATE

Amadi Ericonda

 

APPOINTMENT OF THREE (3) JUDGES, OGUN STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Michael Kolawole Peters

Anthony Olusesan Araba

Adebisi Olusola Femi-Segun

 

APPOINTMENT OF TWO (2) JUDGES, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, IMO STATE

Obichere Ijeoma Josephine

Nze Ifeanyi Tennyson

 

All recommended candidates are expected to be sworn-in after approval by their respective State Governors and confirmation by the respective State House of Assembly.

Soji Oye, Esq

Director, Information

APC Reports Akwa Ibom Senatorial Election Appeal Panel To NJC

A file photo of APC spokesman, Mr Lanre Isa-Onilu, addressing a press conference in Abuja.

 

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reported a panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar, Cross River State to the National Judicial Council (NJC).

APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, confirmed in a statement on Monday that the party has taken the decision to report the panel which recognised Senator Albert Akpan as the winner of the Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District election to the judicial body.

The party condemned the October 18 judgement which upheld the victory of the lawmaker who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing it as “strange”.

Issa-Onilu said, “The Court of Appeal’s strange ‘judgement’ was delivered in blatant disobedience of the directive of the President of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa who had disbanded the appeal panel and constituted a new panel eight clear days before it determined the appeal filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Hon Bassey Etim, the Party’s senatorial candidate in the 2019 National Assembly election in Akwa Ibom.”

“The party’s legal department will in due course submit a formal petition to the NJC over this travesty,” he added.

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The party’s spokesman said the APC would not join issues with the judgement, claiming that the panel of justices that decided the case had been disbanded by the President of the Court of Appeal before the panel began sitting.

He added that the members of the panel had been transferred out of the jurisdiction of the case.

“We wonder why a member of a disbanded panel became so interested on a matter before another panel that it had to sit and read out a ‘judgement’ purportedly on behalf of other members of a non-existent panel.

“We ask, what exactly was at stake? We state clearly that any judgment given without jurisdiction is illegal and a nullity,” Issa-Onilu stated.

According to him, the party is urging the Court of Appeal to set aside the judgement and fix a new date for the hearing of the appeal de novo.

The APC spokesman also stressed that it was important for the NJC to take decisive actions to call the panel to order.

He noted that Section 246(3) of the 1999 Constitution has empowered the Court of Appeal as the final law court on National Assembly elections in Nigeria.

Issa-Onilu, therefore, noted that while the powers of final decision on petitions arising from National Assembly election rest with the Court of Appeal, proceedings must be conducted by a properly constituted court with due regard for a fair hearing.

“We shall pursue the cause of justice on this matter, including filing a formal petition against the members of the panel before the NJC, to a logical conclusion,” he said.

NJC Sets Up Panels To Probe Eight Judges

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has set up committees to investigate eight judges for alleged judicial misconduct.

This was disclosed at its meeting held in Abuja on Thursday while recommending the appointment of  four Supreme Court Justices, four Heads of Court, thirteen Judicial Officers for Federal and State High Courts and one Kadi for Sharia Court of Appeal;

The council asked President Muhammadu Buhari to give approval for the appointment of the apex court Justices and some state governors for the Judges of the state high courts.

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Those recommended for the Supreme Court seat are Justices Adamu Jay Rock from North East, Emmanuel Agim, C Oseji both from South-South and Helleen Morenikeji Ogunwumiju from South West.

The judges are being elevated from the Court of Appeal to the apex court.

Also at the meeting which was presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Muhammad Tanko Ibrahim, President Buhari was asked to appoint Justice John Terhemba Tsoho as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court and Justice B. B Kanyip as President of the National Industrial Court.

The Governors of Edo, Ondo, Akwa-Ibom, Kogi, Anambra, Taraba, Abia, Osun, Nasarawa and Jigawa States are to give approval for appointments of 22 successful candidates for appointment as Judicial Officers.

Justice Esther Amenaghawon Edigin was recommended for appointment as the Chief Judge of Edo state.