Three judges face NJC query over issuance of conflicting ex-parte orders – Nexus News

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has organized a probe panel to question three High Court judges who gave conflicting ex-parte orders on the same subject matter.

NJC summoned the three judges who gave the conflicting ex-parte orders over the same case in which they have coordinate authority to appear before the special investigation panel.

They are to be investigated by the panel and show reasons why disciplinary action should not be taken against them.

A communique issued in Abuja yesterday by NJC’s Director of Information, Mr. Soji Oye, ascertained that the council, at its 95th meeting held on September 15 and 16, 2021, constituted the probe panel, noting that it was done in line with the principles of fair hearing.

The names of the affected judges and areas of authority were however not revealed in the statement.

The statement read in part: “Council resolved to set up a Medical Board in order to ascertain the health status of Hon. Justice Amina Yaroson of Kaduna State Customary Court of Appeal.

“Council also considered the reports of its Investigation Committee and decided to issue a warning letter to Hon. Justice Sobere Biambo of High Court of Rivers State for descending into the arena of conflict in a matrimonial Suit No: OHC/IMC/2018.

“Council at its plenary considered the reports of the two Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committees (PCAC) on the petitions written against 18 Judicial Officers and on the recommendation of the Committee.

“In the end, NJC issued a letter of advice to Hon. Justice Elias O. Abua of Cross River State High Court to in future be wary of granting an order staying the execution of judgment which appeared executory in nature as the one he granted in Suit No. HC/MSC/67/2019.

“Council, however, dismissed the petitions written against Hon. Justices Inyang Eden Ekwo and Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court; Justices O. O. Ogunjobi, S. B. A. Candide-Johnson and S. A. Onigbanjo of High Court of Lagos State; Hon. Justices Chiwendu Nwogu, S. C. Amadi and A. U. Kingsley Chuku, for either lacking in merit, sub judice or statute barred.

“Other petitions dismissed for the same reasons were those written against Hon. Justice I. K. Banu, Chief Judge of Adamawa; Hon. Justice A. L. Lagre, President, Customary Court of Appeal, Adamawa; Justice Felibus B. Andetur, Chief Judge, Taraba State and Hon. Justice Sunday Olorundahunsi of Ondo State High Court.

“The rest are those against Hon. Justice Nse Emeka Daniel of Akwa-Ibom State High Court and Justice H. T. D. Gwadah of Kaduna State High Court.

“The NJC, however, decided not to consider the petition written against Hon. Justice Ishaq Usman Bello as he had already retired from service.

“The plenary of the Council also considered the report of the Interview Committee and agreed to recommend 12 candidates as Heads of Court, 18 candidates as High Court Judges, six candidates as Kadis of Sharia Courts of Appeal and one candidate as Customary Court of Appeal Judge.

“The Notifications of retirement of 22 Judges of the Federal and State High Courts and Notifications of death of three Judges of States were also considered by the NJC plenary.”

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