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Judicial Misconduct: HEDA Hails NJC’s Decision To Punish Judges

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) has commended the National Judicial Council (NJC) for its recent decision to bar three judges from promotion due to judicial misconduct.

In a statement on Sunday by its Chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju, the civil society organisation emphasized the importance of maintaining a corruption-free judiciary, underscoring its significance for a just society, human rights guarantee, corruption and conflict-free society, and the public’s trust in the justice system.

It has been reported that while 86 judicial officers were slated for promotion, the NJC decided to withhold the elevation of Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court and Justice G.B. BrikinsOkolesi of the Delta State High Court.

Justice Ekwo received a warning for allegedly abusing his discretionary powers by wrongly granting an ex parte order in the case of Juliet Ebere Nwadi Gbaka & 2 Ors v. Seplat Energy Plc & 12 Ors. Consequently, he is barred from promotion to a higher bench for two years. Similarly, Justice Brikins-Okolesi was reprimanded for failing to deliver a judgment within the stipulated period in the case of Joseph Anene Okafor v. Skye Bank, despite the parties having filed and adopted their final written addresses

. He will not be eligible for elevation for three years. The NJC also cautioned Justice Amina Shehu of Yobe State High Court for issuing a Writ of Possession Conferring Title on the Defendant in a suit when there was no subsisting judgement of any Court to enable His Lordship to issue the Writ.

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