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NJC issues warnings to Judges for misconduct, bars them from promotions

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The National Judicial Council (NJC), chaired by Chief Justice of Nigeria Olukayode Ariwoola, convened its 105th plenary meeting on May 15 and 16, 2024.

During the session, the NJC resolved to issue warning letters to some judges, including Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court and GB Brikins-Okolosi of the Delta State High Court for misconduct.

A statement released by NJC Director of Information Soji Oye detailed the reasons for the disciplinary actions.

Ekwo received a warning for abusing discretionary power by improperly granting an ex parte order in the case of Juliet Ebere Nwadi Gbaka and 2 Ors. v. Seplat Energy Plc and 12 Ors.

Additionally, Ekwo has been barred from elevation to a higher bench for two years.

GB Brikins-Okolosi was similarly reprimanded for failing to deliver a judgment within the stipulated period in the case of Joseph Anene Okafor vs. Skye Bank, despite the final written addresses being filed and adopted.

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He will also be ineligible for elevation to a higher bench for three years.

The NJC further cautioned Amina Shehu of the Yobe State High Court for issuing a Writ of Possession conferring title on a defendant in a suit without a subsisting judgment from any court to support the issuance of the writ.

The Council reviewed two reports from its preliminary complaint assessment committees, which filtered 35 petitions against judges from the Federal and State High Courts.

Eight committees have been empaneled to further investigate the petitions deemed meritorious.

Additionally, the NJC considered recommendations from its Interview Committee on the Appointment of Judicial Officers for all Superior Courts of Record in Nigeria.

The Council resolved to recommend 86 judicial officers for appointment to the Court of Appeal, High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Sharia Courts of Appeal, and Customary Courts of Appeal across various states in Nigeria.

These candidates are expected to be sworn in following the approval of the NJC’s recommendations by the President and their respective state governors.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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