Friday, 22 February 2013

NJC Suspends Two Judges Over Alleged Unprofessional Conducts

 The sledge hammer of the National Judicial Council on Wednesday fell on three Judges of the high court for alleged unprofessional conducts.

The Council under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria suspended from office and recommended for a compulsory retirement of Justice C E Archibong of the Federal high Court Lagos and Justice T D Naron of High Court of Justice, Plateau State

The Judicial Council in a statement issued in Abuja accused Justice Archibong to have dismissed the grievous charges against an accused without taking his plea, refused to release the certified True Copy of his ruling to the lawyers, issued a bench warrant on some officials of PDP for contempt even when the counsel was directed by the court to serve them filed an affidavit that he had not been able to serve the contempt application and allegedly made unfounded and caustic remarks on professional competence of some Senior Advocates of Nigeria

 The offence of Justice Naron according to the statement signed by Soji Oye, Assistant Director of Information at the NJC include evidence of constant sms messages between Justice Naron and one of the lead counsel for one of the parties to the Suit in the Osun State Gubernatorial Election Tribunal contrary to the Code of Conduct for Judicial officers

The NJC in the exercise of its disciplinary powers according to the statement also set up a fact Finding Committee to investigate the allegation leveled against Justice Abubakar Talba of the FCT High Court following his judgement on the Police Pension Case brought against John Yusuf and others by the EFCC

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