NJC Constitutes Panels to Probe 2 CJs, 13 Other Judges as Zamfara Approves Sack of Justice Anka Over N.2m Bribe

The National Judicial Council (NJC), under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen, has constituted 15 Committees to investigate various allegations in the Petitions written against 15 Judicial Officers, including two Chief Judges.
According to a statement from the Director, Information (NJC), Soji Oye on behalf of the NJC Secretary, Council took the decision after considering the Reports of the two Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committees, on 46 Petitions written against Judicial Officers in the Federal and State Judiciaries.
The statement also revealed that the Zamfara State Government, following the recommendation of the NJC has approved the compulsory removal of Justice Musa Ibrahim Anka from office for allegedly receiving a bribe of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000) from one Zubairu Abdumalik in order to deliver judgement in his favour.
Oye further disclosed that a total number of 31 petitions were dismissed by Council, adding that while 29 of them were found unmeritorious, the other two written against Justice J. T. Tsoho of the Federal High Court and Justice O. O. Akeredolu, Acting Chief Judge of Ondo State were withdrawn at the instance of the petitioners.
“Al-Sagr National Insurance Company who wrote against Hon. Mr. Justice Tsoho withdrew his petition since the Hon. Judge had delivered the Ruling in his case. Chief Raheem A. Badmus who wrote against Hon. Justice Akeredolu also voluntarily withdrew his petition for personal reasons.
“Council treated the two petitions as withdrawn, since it did not find anything in them sufficiently serious for further consideration as stipulated in Regulation 9 (1) of the Judicial Discipline Regulations”, he stated.
However, Oye added that the Council considered and found worthy of further investigation, the petition written by Azi A. Phillip on behalf of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Plateau State Chapter, accusing Justice P. D. Damulak, the immediate past Chief Judge of Plateau State of bias, for failure to make his judgment in Suit No. PLD/J/236/16 delivered on 4th November, 2016 available to him till the time he wrote the petition.
“Council however decided not to constitute an Investigative Committee to look into the matter, because the Hon. Chief Judge had already retired from service and therefore no longer in the employment of the National Judicial Council”, the statement noted.
Oye stated further that petitions written against Justice L. T. C. Eruba – High Court of Justice, Abia State and Grand Kadi Abdullahi Waiya – Sharia’h Court of Appeal, Kano State were dismissed for lack of merit.
Furthermore, the statement said the NJC issued two letters of advice to Justice M. A. Dada of the Lagos State High Court and Justice Chukwudi Charles Okaa of the Anambra State High Court for violation of extant laws in the course of their judicial duties based on petition written against them by Dayo Adamolekun, Esq. & Ridwanulah Olanite, Esq. and Reverend F. U. Ekavhiare & Associates respectively.
“Council agreed to report Adesina Ogunlana, Esq., to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (L.P.D.C.) for misconduct, for the use of uncouth language in a petition written to the National Judicial Council against Hon. Justice O. O. Atilade, the immediate past Chief Judge of Lagos State.
“Council welcomed as good development, a letter from Zamfara State Government approving the recommendation of the National Judicial Council for the compulsory removal of Hon. Mr. Justice Musa Ibrahim Anka from office for allegedly receiving a bribe of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000) from one Zubairu Abdumalik in order to deliver judgement in his favour.
“The recommendation was made to the Zamfara State Government by Council in 2011”, the statement added.

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