Two judges get warning letters from NJC
Two judges have received warning letters from the National Judicial Council (NJC) for alleged unethical behaviour while performing their jobs.
Justice Muawiyah Baba Idris (High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja) and Justice M. M. Ladan (High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja) are the judges (High Court of Kaduna State).
In addition, Justice Idris was placed on the council’s watch list for a year.
The decision was passed at the council’s 97th meeting on March 15 and 16 under the chairmanship of Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, according to NJC’s Director of Information, Soji Oye, who made the announcement in an Abuja statement yesterday.
Justice Idris of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja High Court was issued a warning letter and placed on the Council’s “Watch List” for a year for signing the Writ of Possession for execution on the same day he delivered judgement in a suit between Sicons Nigeria Limited and Nile Place Restaurant and Catering Services Limited for the recovery of demised property, according to Oye.
The statement said, “Council agreed with the findings of the Committee that investigated the Judge that his action was in violation of Proviso to Order 27 Rule (16) (b) High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Civil Procedure Rules 2018 and Order 4 (1) and (2) of the Judgment Enforcement Rules 2004.”
The council also decided to send Justice Ladan a warning letter after finding merit in a petition filed against him in a lawsuit between VTLS Inc. and Ahmadu Bello University, according to the spokesman.
Ladan signed the Writ of Attachment while the Garnishee Order Nisi was pending, according to the statement.
The Federal and State High Courts, Sharia Court, and Customary Court of Appeal should all have six heads of court and nine judicial officials, according to the council.
“Council, at the meeting, considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and, at the conclusion of deliberation, recommended the names of fifteen (15) successful candidates as Heads of Courts and other Judicial Officers in Nigeria,” the statement continued.
“They’re as follows:
Chief Judge, Plateau State
i) Hon. Justice David Gwong Mann
Chief Judge, Gombe State
i) Hon. Justice Joseph Ahmed Awak
Grand Kadi, Sharia Court of Appeal, Kaduna State
i) Hon. Kadi Abdurrahman Umar Abubakar
Grand Kadi, Sharia Court of Appeal, Taraba State
i) Hon. Kadi Shuaibu Dahiru Ahmad
President, Customary Court of Appeal, Rivers State
i) Hon. Justice Ihemnacho Wilfred Obuzor
President, Customary Court of Appeal, Cross River State
i) Hon. Justice Sampson Mbeh Anjor
Six Judges, Federal High Court
i) Bala Khalifa-Mohammed Usman
ii) Emmanuel Gakko
iii) Aminu Garba
iv) Musa Sulaiman Liman
v) Ahmad Gama Mahmud
vi) Segun-Bello Mabel Taiye
One Judge, High Court, FCT, Abuja
i) Joseph Adebayo Aina
One Kadi, Sharia Court of Appeal, Taraba State
i) Sallau Ismaila Madugu
One Judge, Customary Court of Appeal, Taraba State
i) Bulus Samuelson Nyiputen
“All recommended candidates are expected to be sworn in following approval by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and their respective state governors, as well as confirmation by the National Assembly and State Houses of Assemblies, as applicable.”
“The members also considered the reports of various Committees and noted the retirements of 23 Federal and State Court Judicial Officers, as well as the death of one State High Court Judge,” the statement continued.