NJC sets up panels to probe 2 chief judges, judicial officers

The Nigeria Judicial Council (NJC) has set up 15 panels to probe some judicial officers.

Soji Oye, spokesman of NJC, in a statement on Monday said two Chief judges and 15 judicial officers will be probed.

He said the decision was taken after considering reports of two preliminary complaints assessment committees which looked into petitions .

“The National Judicial Council, under the chairmanship of the Hon. Chief justice of Nigeria, Hon. Mr. Justice Walter Nkanu Samuel Onnoghen, GCON, at its 83rd Meeting constituted 15 Committees to investigate various allegations in the Petitions written against 15 judicial officers, including two chief judges,” the statement by Oye read.

“Al-Sagr National Insurance Company who wrote against Hon. Mr. Justice Tsoho withdrew his petition since the Hon. Judge had delivered the ruling in his case. Chief  Raheem A. Badmus who wrote against Hon. Justice Akeredolu also voluntarily withdrew his petition for personal reasons.

“Council treated the two petitions as withdrawn since it did not find anything in them sufficiently serious for further consideration as stipulated in regulation 9 (1) of the judicial discipline regulations.

“Council considered and found worthy of further investigation, the petition written by Azi A. Phillip on behalf of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Plateau state chapter, accusing Hon. Justice P. D. Damulak, the immediate past chief judge of plateau state of bias, for failure to make his judgment in Suit No. PLD/J/236/16 delivered on 4th November, 2016 available to him till the time he wrote the petition.

“Council however decided not to constitute an investigative committee to look into the matter, because the hon. chief judge had already retired from service and therefore no longer in the employment of the National Judicial Council.”

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