NJC Sack Judges

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The National Judicial Council, NJC, has recommended the sack of two judges in the Abia State Judiciary.

They are Justice Theresa Uzokwe, who was recently removed by the Abia State government following a running battle.

Also recommended for retirement is Justice Obisike Oji, whom the Abia State governor appointed as acting chief judge, but was told by the NJC not to resume in that capacity.

According to the NJC, Justice Uzokwe was found guilty following the findings of two investigating committees it set up to investigate allegations made against her by the Abia state commissioner for justice and Attorney General of the state.

The Abia state government had accused the former chief judge of constituting a parallel state judicial service commission, as against the one set up by the state government and confirmed by the state house of assembly.

The former chief judge was also found guilty of misconduct in respect of a case before her involving some amount of money.

Justice Obisike Oji on the other hand, had been queried by the NJC for disobeying the directive of the council not to be sworn in as acting chief judge of Abia state, and his reply to the NJC query was found unsatisfactory.

The judicial regulatory body also reprimanded and placed on its watch list, Justice S.T Aladetoyinbo of the FCT high court for impropriety in a case before her.

Justice Olasola Ajibike Williams of the Lagos state high court, was seriously warned for grave errors of judgment and her level of involvement in a family business, based on a petition by a senior lawyer, Ladi Rotimi-Williams.

The NJC has however set up different panels to look at the cases against 31 other judges.

Also to be investigated is a justice of the Supreme Court and two state chief judges.

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