Conflicting court Orders:NJC Begins Investigation of 3 Judges

The National Judicial Council has directed the three Judges of coordinate jurisdiction who granted Exparte Orders over the same case with the same subject matter to appear before a special Investigation Committee to
show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against them for such act.

Judges investigation

In a statement issued by the council’s director of information, Soji Oye the Council are to quizzed the judges on the controversial conflicting orders delivered in their various States on Monday, 6 September 2021 and set up a Medical Board in order to ascertain the health status of Justice Amina Yaroson of Kaduna State Customary Court of Appeal.

Reports of its Investigation Committee are considered and decided to issue a warning letter to Justice Sobere Biambo of High Court of Rivers State for descending into the Arena of conflict in a matrimonial Suit .

The Chief Judges of Rivers, Kebbi, Cross Rivers, Anambra, Jigawa and Imo States and the Delta State High Court Were earlier summond by the chief justice of Nigeria, justice Tanko Mohammed.

Apart from that Eighteen petitions written against Judicial Officers are considered and on the recommendation of the Committee, issued a letter of advice to Justice Elias Abua of Cross River State High Court to be wary of granting an Order staying the execution of judgement which appeared executory in nature as the one he granted in a Suit .

Petitions against Justices I. E. Ekwu and Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Justices Ogunjobi, S. B. A. Candide-Johnson and S. A. Onigbanjo of High Court of Lagos State, Justices Chiwendu Nwogu, S. C. Amadi and Kingsley Chuku, for either lacking in merit, subjudice or statute barred.

Other petition dismissed for the same reasons were those written against Justice Banu, Chief Judge, of Adamawa, Justice A. Lagre, President, Customary Court of Appeal, Adamawa, Justice Felibus Andetur, Chief Judge, Taraba State, Justice Sunday Olorundahunsi of Ondo State, High Court, Justice Nse Daniel of Akwa-Ibom State High Court and Justice Gwadah of Kaduna State High Court.

While petition written against Justice Ishaq Bello former chief judge of the FCT high court was not considered as he had already retired from service.

The Council also however agreed to recommend 12 candidates as Heads of Court, 18 candidates as High Court Judges, 6 candidates as Kadis of Sharia Courts of Appeal and one candidate as Customary Court of Appeal Judge.

And 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 council.