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JUST-IN: NJC Recommends Dismissal Of Two Judges

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the dismissal of two judges to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The recommended judges for dismissal are, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court and Justice James Agbadu-Fishim of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.

In a statement issued by the Director of Information of the NJC, Soji Oye, on Thursday, said that the council made the recommendation during its 87th meeting on October 3, 2018 under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

According to the statement, Justice Ajumogobia’s recommendation for dismissal followed allegations of misconduct contained in a petition to the council by the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu.

While Justice Agbadu-Fishim, on the other hand, was recommended for dismissal sequel to the findings of the council on the allegations contained in another petition by the EFCC.

The EFCC had alleged that he received various sums of money from litigants and lawyers that had cases before him, as well as some influential Nigerians, under the false pretence that he was bereaved or that there was a delay in the payment of his salary.

This according to the NJC is contrary to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Both justices have now been suspended with immediate effect, pending their removal from office by President Muhammadu Buhari.

 



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