NJC warns FCT High Court Judge over alleged official misconduct

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has issued a warning letter to Justice K. N. Ogbonnaya of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory over allegation of official misconduct.

The NJC revisional was reached at its 2nd virtual meeting held on 11th and 12th August 2020, where it considered the report of its investigation committee on allegation of misconduct made against Ogbonnaya.

The Commission’s decision was based on findings on the petition written against him by Dr Uchechukwu Samson Ogah, that His Lordship refused to release a copy of Judgment delivered to the petitioner within the constitutionally prescribed period of seven days.

In the same vein, Council also dismissed a petition written by Mrs Ademujimi Adenike Nancy against Justice Sunday Olorundahunsi for want of merit.

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A statement by the Director of Information of the NJC, Soji Oye, on Thursday, said the Council also considered the report of preliminary complaints assessment committee on petitions written again so sixteen Judicial Officers and dismissed the allegations levelled against Justice Ayodele Daramola, the Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Sulyman Kawu, Chief Judge, Kwara State, Justices I. N. Oweibo, Hadiza R. Shagari, Ijeoma L. Ojukwu, Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa all of the Federal High Court, Justices B. A. Oke-Lawal, O. A. Ogala of the Lagos State High Court, Justice Augusta Uche Kingsley-Chukwu, High Court of Rivers State, Justice Mustapha A. Ramat, High Court, Nasarawa State, Justices M. M. Ladan, Muhammed Lawal Bello both of the High Court of Kaduna State, Justice Adamu M. Kafin Madaki, High Court of Bauchi State, Justice L. M. Boufini, High Court, Bayelsa State and Kadi Goni Kur, Sharia Court of Appeal, Borno State for either lacking in merit or being sub judice.

Similarly, at the meeting, Oye said Council considered the report of its interview committee and recommended 22 Judicial Officers as Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Heads of Court, Judges of High Court of States, Kadis of States Sharia Courts of Appeal and Judges of Customary Courts of Appeal.

It also received the final report of the Judicial Ethics Committee and other Ad-Hoc Committees set up by the Council.

Council also received the notification of retirement of thirteen Judges and notification of the death of six Judges of States High Courts and Sharia Court of Appeal.

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