• Fayose admits Justice Abang is after him due to his critics

    Fayose admits Justice Abang is after him due to his critics

    Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has accused Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja, of getting at him for asking the National Judicial Council to sack him.

    Calling on the council to curb his excesses, the governor alleged that the judge granted an interlocutory order against him in a matter pending before another judge.

    The Court of Appeal in its judgment on November 23, had lambasted Abang while setting aside his ruling of October 14, which conferred recognition on Mr. […]

  • NJC clears Justice Abang of any wrongdoing in Abia, PDP judgements

    NJC clears Justice Abang of any wrongdoing in Abia, PDP judgements

    According to reports, the National Judicial Council has cleared Justice Okon Abang of any wrongdoing in the June 27 judgement against the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu.

    The NJC also said Mr. Abang did no wrong in his June 29 ruling where he endorsed a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, led by former Borno State Governor, Ali Sheriff, as authentic.

    In separate letters to four different petitioners who had written against Mr. Abang, the NJC said it found “no proof of […]

  • We Suspended ‘Corrupt’ Judges To Save Judiciary – NJC

    We Suspended ‘Corrupt’ Judges To Save Judiciary – NJC

    According to reports, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has said the National Judicial Council, NJC, decided to suspend the indicted judges in order to preserve the independence of the judiciary.

    Justice Mohammed, during the swearing in of two new Justices of the Supreme Court, Justices Amina Augie and Ejembi Eko, said the council took the decision following communication it received from the attorney-general of the federation.

    He said, “The Council tool this stand following communications it received from the […]

  • Judges fault NJC decision on corruption allegation

    Judges fault NJC decision on corruption allegation

    Two of the judges who were recently arrested and later released by the Department of State Services on corruption allegations have expressed dissatisfaction over the decision of the National Judicial Council asking them to stop sitting until the conclusion of the cases against them.

    Three out of the seven indicted judges had been suspended by the NJC and recommended for sacking by either President Muhammadu Buhari or their state governors over various acts of misconduct before the raid on their houses […]

  • Governor Wike questions NJC’s decision to suspend judges

    Governor Wike questions NJC’s decision to suspend judges

    Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has said the decision of the National Judicial Council directing judges under investigation to step aside portends great danger to the nation’s democracy.

    Wike made the assertion when the executive members of the Nigerian Bar Association Port Harcourt branch paid him a courtesy visit on Friday.

    He said that the u-turn by the NJC will encourage politicians to write petitions against any judge whose judgement is likely to go against such politician.

    He said, “This move to ask […]

  • Ex-NBA chairman lauds NJC for suspending indicted judicial officers

    Ex-NBA chairman lauds NJC for suspending indicted judicial officers

    Mr. Taidi Jonathan, a former Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Minna branch, has commended the National Judicial Council (NJC) for suspending the indicted judicial officers to enable them to clear their reputation before competent courts of law.

    Jonathan spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Friday.

    He said that the decision of the NJC would restore public confidence in the disciplinarian process of judicial officers.

    He advocated a total overhaul of the NJC and state judicial service […]

  • NJC suspends senior judges accused of corruption

    NJC suspends senior judges accused of corruption

    Acccording to reports, the National Judicial Council, NJC, has suspended seven senior judges arrested in October by the Department of State Services (DSS) for alleged corruption.

    The NJC had initially refused to suspend the judges despite public pressure, saying the allegations against them had not been substantiated.

    It however said the judges had voluntarily stepped down from court sittings.

    The latest decision came after the council’s 7th meeting between Wednesday and Thursday.

    A communique issued at the end of the meeting, and signed by […]

  • Some judges in NJC are untouchable – Falana

    Some judges in NJC are untouchable – Falana

    Human right lawyer, Femi Falana has berated the National Judicial Council, NJC, for shielding some judges alleged to be corrupt.

    This was as the Senior Advocate alleged that the NJC sees some judges as untouchable.

    Just a day ago, the judicial body had maintained that it cannot hand over alleged corrupt judges to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for investigation and prosecution.

    NJC made the remark in response to a request by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, that the […]

  • Why we won’t hand over alleged corrupt judges to anti-graft agencies – NJC explains

    Why we won’t hand over alleged corrupt judges to anti-graft agencies – NJC explains

    According to reports,  the National Judicial Council, NJC, yesterday, said it would not hand over Judges accused of corruption by the federal government to anti-graft agencies for investigation.

    In a letter dated October 26, 2016, and addressed to a human rights organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project,the NJC said it is not part of its statutory responsibilities to hand over the judges to anti-graft agencies for investigation and prosecution.

    The NJC also stated in the letter that it does not also recover […]

  • Why we can’t hand over arrested judges to EFCC – NJC explains

    Why we can’t hand over arrested judges to EFCC – NJC explains

    According to reports, the National Judicial Council has said it is not part of its statutory responsibilities to hand over judges who are accused of corruption to anti-graft agencies for investigation and prosecution.

    The NJC also clarified that it does not also recover proceeds of corruption and had no power to dismiss erring judges.

    The NJC said this in a letter dated October 26, 2016, which it addressed to a human rights organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project.

    The letter was the response […]

  • Rivers APC rejects 2 judges on NJC ethics c’ttee

    Rivers APC rejects 2 judges on NJC ethics c’ttee

    It was gathered that the Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the National Judicial Commission (NJC) to drop Justice Iche Ndu (retd) and Okey Wali, SAN, former President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) from the Judicial Ethics Committee.

    The party described the judges as loyalists of Governor Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratoic Party (PDP).

    A statement signed by Chris Finebone, Publicity Secretary of the party, expressed shock over the appointment of two well-known PDP […]