Great Victory For Amaechi As NBA Blows Hot, Turns Against Corrupt Judges

By Amako Nneji October 21, 2016 11:11

Great Victory For Amaechi As NBA Blows Hot, Turns Against Corrupt Judges

The Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, has on Thursday, October 20, called on all the Judicial Officers accused of corruption, to proceed on a compulsory leave, until their innocence are proven beyond reasonable doubt.

They are: Sylvester Ngwuta and John Okoro (Supreme Court); Adeniyi Ademola and Nnamdi Dimgba (Federal High Court); Mohammed Tsamiya (Appeal Court, Ilorin); Kabri Auta (High Court, Kano); and Muazu Pindiga (High Court, Gombe).

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Recall, that both Justice Ngwuta and Okoro, have alleged that the Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, tried to bribe them, in order to manipulate various court judgments.

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Speaking at a valedictory session held in honour of Sotonye Denton-West, a retiring Appeal Court Judge, in Abuja, the NBA President, Abubakar Mahmoud, advised the accused Judges, to cease performing judicial functions, until their innocence have been proven.

His speech reads in part: “My Lords, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, permit me to digress a little. I am sure that many here will be expecting me to make further statements on the ongoing events affecting the nation’s Judiciary,” he said.

“I have, in the course of the last two weeks or so, made several statements and remarks on these developments. Our position is therefore well-known. We have emphasised our commitment to safeguarding the independence of the nation’s Judiciary.

“That is corruption in the Judiciary. On Thursday 13th of October, at the meeting of bar leaders, comprising past NBA Presidents, past General Secretaries, and past Attorneys-General of the Federation, we reviewed very carefully the developments, after listening to detailed briefings from both the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, as well the Secretary of the National Judicial Council.

“One of the resolutions we took, was to set up a Task Force, to urgently review the current developments and come up with clear specific recommendations, on how best to clean up the nation’s Judiciary, and rebuild confidence of Nigerians in our law courts. I am expecting the report of that task force in two weeks.

“In the meantime, we have continued with our consultations and engagements. We will be coming up with bold and clear recommendations, which we will pass to the National Judicial Council, and the Government.

“In the interim however, particularly having regards to what appears to ongoing accusations and counter-accusations between some of the Judges, and other personalities, or agencies, it appears to the NBA that it is extremely important that the NJC, takes very urgent steps to safeguard the public image and sanctity of the courts.

“We therefore, strongly recommend that, without prejudice to the innocence or otherwise of the Judges involved in the ongoing investigations, they should be required to recuse themselves from further Judicial functions, or required to proceed on compulsory leave, until their innocence is fully and completely established, or until the conclusion of all judicial or disciplinary proceedings.

“We believe this will be necessary, in order to protect the sanctity and integrity of judicial processes that may involve the Judges concerned, and safeguard the public image of the institution.”‎