- Throws out petitions against 16 judicial officers + Full list
- Issues letter of warning to a FCT high court judge
The National Judicial Council on Thursday recommended the appointment of 22 judicial officers into various positions at different levels of court in the country.
The recommendation followed separate favourable reports of the Council’s Interview Committee on the individual candidates.
The Council okayed all the candidates for appointment on a day it threw out various petitions of misconduct levelled against 16 judicial officers serving in various jurisdictions and levels of court in the country.
The NJC dismissed most of the petitions for want of merit while others were thrown out as they amounted to subjudice.
However, the Council issued a strong warning letter to a judge of the Federal Capital Territory high court, Justice K. N. Ogbonnaya following its findings on the petition written against him by Dr. Uchechukwu Samson Ogah.
Ogah had accused the judge of refusing to release a copy of Judgment delivered to the petitioner within the constitutionally prescribed period of seven (7) days.
In a statement by the Director of Information of NJC, Mr Soji Oye, some of the judicial officers recommended for appointment are to fill vacant positions at the Supreme Court, Federal and state high courts, Sharia court and customary courts.
News On The Go reports that at the commencement of the 2019/2020 legal year, virtually all heads of courts from magistracy to the Supreme Court had complained that they were understaffed while the workload was increasing.
The statement which was den to News On The Go reads:
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 deliberation, the Plenary resolved to issue 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.
Others are 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 retirement of thirteen (13) Judges and notification of death of six (6) Judges of States High Courts and Sharia Court of Appeal.