NJC Asks 'Corrupt Judges' To Step Aside

The National Judicial Council (NJC), after pressure, has asked the judicial officers being investigated for alleged corruption to step aside until the case has been concluded.

Spokesman of the NJC, Soji Oye, said this in a statement issued on Thursday, 3rd November.

He said the judges could not adjudicate cases while standing trial for alleged corruption.

His words:

Council also decided that judicial officers shall not be standing trial for alleged corruption related offences and be performing judicial functions at the same time.

Council however decided that it will ensure that judicial officers who are being investigated for alleged high profile criminal offences do not perform judicial functions until their cases are concluded.

Oye added that the council had setup a transparency and anti-corruption policy implementation committee to ensure transparency and eliminate corruption in the judiciary.

A committee that would be chaired by Justice E. O. Ayoola, (Rtd Justice of the Supreme Court) and would have Justices Kashim Zannah, Chief Judge of Borno State and A. B. Mahmoud, President Nigeria Bar Association as members.

Some of the affected judges are Sylvester Ngwuta and  Inyang Okoro of the supreme court, Mohammed Tsamiya, presiding justice of the court of appeal, Ilorin division, Kabiru Auta, Kano state high court; Adeniyi Ademola, federal high court, Abuja; I. A. Umezulike, former chief judge of Enugu state; and Muazu Pindiga, federal high court, Gombe Division.

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