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NJC okays probe of 3 judges for granting conflicting ex-parte orders.

Although the NJC, which has the statutory mandate to self-discipline erring Judges, normally act on petitions which might be forwarded to it, nevertheless, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, after a marathon assembly with seven Chief Judges on Monday, gave a nod for the Council to analyze the three judges with out a formal grievance pending towards them.

The CJN doubles as Chairman of the NJC.

In keeping with an announcement that was made obtainable by the Director of Data on the NJC, Mr Soji Oye, the CJN, got here powerful on the CJs he summoned to an emergency assembly over conflicting courtroom orders that emanated from their judicial divisions inside the final one month.

The assembly which commenced at 11 a.m on Monday, lasted until about 5:30 p.m, with the CJN, partaking in a one-on-one interplay with the CJs he summoned to Abuja. The CJs that had been individually grilled for an hour every by the CJN on Monday, had been these of the Federal Capital Territory, Rivers, Kebbi, Cross River, Jigawa, Anambra and Imo State.

The assertion additional revealed that the NJC will meet with all Heads of Court docket within the Nation and management of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation, NBA, over the repeated abuse of the judicial course of by indiscriminate purposes for ex-parte injunctions.

The CJN, who was mentioned to have been visibly indignant, was mentioned to have warned Chief Judges to warning judges beneath them to desist from granting exparte orders, particularly on political issues.

He mentioned: “A harm to 1 jurisdiction is a harm to all. We should due to this fact put an finish to indiscriminate granting of exparte orders, conflicting judgements or rulings occasioned by forum-shopping.

“Your job as Heads of Court docket is a sacred one, and it, due to this fact, consists of you vicariously taking the sins of others. There have to be an finish to this nonsense.

“You shall henceforth take absolute cost in assigning circumstances or issues, particularly political, personally.

“We will make an instance with these three Judges and by no means lets condone such act”.

The assertion additional revealed that the three Judges have been invited to look earlier than the NJC to indicate trigger why disciplinary motion shouldn’t be taken towards them for granting the conflicting exparte orders.

“The CJN warned the CJs to henceforth keep away from pointless assumption of jurisdiction in issues with comparable topic and events already earlier than one other courtroom, shield the courtroom from legal professionals which might be out for discussion board buying and work in tandem with all their Judges to salvage the picture of the Judiciary.

“Hon. Dr. Justice Muhammad additionally warned the CJs from making newly appointed Judicial Officers trip Judges and assigning complicated circumstances to inexperienced Judges.

“He revealed that each one Heads of Courts will probably be invited to a Assembly to reemphasize the necessity for the Judiciary to be circumspect on the difficulty of granting exparte orders and also will meet with the NBA Management on the difficulty.

“The CJN suggested all Heads of Court docket to be present on the event within the polity and the Judgments delivered by Courts of varied jurisdictions and to urgently challenge observe path to information Judges of their numerous courts to keep away from giving conflicting selections.

“He concluded that the Judiciary will now not condone indiscipline or enable any Choose to tarnish the picture of the Judiciary”, the assertion learn.

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