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NJC Dismisses Petitions Against Retired Supreme Court Justice, Odili, Others.

NJC Dismisses Petitions Against Retired Supreme Court Justice, Odili, Others.

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NJC Dismisses Petitions Against Retired Supreme Court Justice, Odili, Others.
NJC Dismisses Petitions Against Retired Supreme Court Justice, Odili, Others.

The National Judicial Council NJC has dismissed petitions written against a retired Supreme Court Justice, Mary Odili and 25 other Judicial Officers in the country who were accused of professional misconduct in their duties.

Justice Odili escaped being investigated by the Council on the ground that she had retired as a Judicial Officer. At the same time, 25 other petitions were thrown out for various reasons ranging from lack of merit, lack of diligent prosecution, withdrawal, being subjudice and for the subject Judge having retired from service.

However, seven State High Court Judges by the NJC’S investigation Committee are to face probe panels that would determine the level of their culpability.

A statement by the NJC’S Director of Information, Mr Soji Oye, in Abuja explained that the petition against the judicial officers was dismissed at a meeting presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola.

NJC Dismisses Petitions Against Retired Supreme Court Justice, Odili, Others.

The dismissed petitions were written against Hon. Justice Mary Peter Odili, Rtd Justice of the Supreme Court, Justices A. R. Barka, James G. Abundaga, O. O. Olasumbo Goodluck, Ibrahim A. Andetur-Yangsto all of the Court of Appeal.

Others are Justices F. O. Liman, A. R. Mohammed, H. A. A. Dashen, Peter Lifu, F. O. G. Ogunbanjo, A. Lewis Allagoa, and D. E. Osiagor, all of the Federal High Court.

Others are Justice Theresa O. Diai, Chief Judge, Delta State, Hon. Justices S. B. Belgore, K. N. Ogbonnaya Jude Onwuegbuzie and Edward Okpe of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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Also escaped the NJC’s hammer are Justices Joseph I Acha and Vesty O. Eboreime, both of High Court, Edo State, Hon. Justices Thelma Adanna Achom, Elvis A. Ngene of the Ebonyi State High Court, Justices A. B. Usman, M. M. Abubakar of Bauchi State High Court, Hon. Justice O. A. Opesanwo of the Lagos State High Court and Justice Oladiran Akintola of Oyo State High Court,

The rest are Justice Gegele A. Hammed of Kwara State High Court, Justice K. N. Udobong of Akwa-Ibom State High Court, Justice B. C. Iheka, Imo State High Court, Justice M. A. Zandai High Court, Borno State, Justice Mohammed Shinkafi of Zamfara State High Court, Justice R. S. Ladoja of the Kaduna State High Court and Justice M. S. A. Mohammed of the High Court of Niger State.

New Policy: At the meeting, the NJC developed a policy barring Judicial Officers from switching from the High Court of Justice to the Customary Court of Appeal and vice versa.

The only exception allowed is when a new Customary Court of Appeal is established in a State. Judges who indicate interest in going to the Customary Court of Appeal will be allowed to proceed.

NJC Dismisses Petitions Against Retired Supreme Court Justice, Odili, Others.

Under the new policy, once established, the candidates for the headship of the Court must be drawn from that Court only, even if all the Judges of the Court are junior to their counterparts in other Courts.

Recommendation for Appointment: Meanwhile, the Council has recommended 37 Judicial Officers for appointment to the President and seven Governors as Justices of the Court of Appeal, Heads of Court and Judges of the High Court and Customary Courts of Appeal.

Those going to the Court of Appeal are:
Justices Asma’u Musa Mainoma, Paul Ahmed Bassi, Hannatu Azumi Laja-Balogun, Binta Fatima Zubair, Hadiza Rabiu Shagari, Peter Chudi Obiora, Okon Efreti Abang, Jane Esienanwan Inyang and Lateef Adebayo Ganiyu.

Justice Dije Abdu Aboki was recommended for appointment as Chief Judge of Kano,
Daniel Iyobosa Okungbowa for Edo and Matilda Abrakasa Ayemieye for Edo

By Salihu Ali and Stella Charles.


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