The National Judicial Council, NJC, has finally agreed to backtrack on its previous stand, now opting to suspended the seven senior judges arrested in October by the State Security Service for alleged corruption and financial compromise.
The National Judicial Council had initially refused to suspend the judges despite public pressure, saying the allegations against them had not been substantiated.
The council however said the judges had voluntarily stepped down from court sittings. The latest decision came after the council’s 7th meeting between Wednesday and Thursday.
A communique issued at the end of the meeting, and signed by NJC’s Director of Information, Soji Oye, said the decision was taken to avoid allowing persons under investigation to to partake in presiding over judicial matters at the same time.
The statement read:
“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.”
The judges affected include
Sylvester Ngwuta – Supreme court Judge
Inyang Okoro – Supreme Court Judge
Justice Mohammed Tsamiya – suspended Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division
Justice Kabiru Auta – Kano State High Court
Justice Adeniyi Ademola – Federal High Court, Abuja.
Justice I. A. Umezulike – Former Chief Judge of Enugu state
Muazu Pindiga – Federal High Court, Gombe Division.
The judges were arrested on October 7.
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