NJC under pressure to suspend troubled judges
Under investigation by the Department of State Services (DSS) are two Supreme Court Justices -Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro – the suspended Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya, Justice Adeniyi Ademola (Federal High Court); the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice I. A. Umezulike; Justice Kabiru Auta of Kano State High Court; Justice Muazu Pindiga (Gombe State High Court); Justice Bashir Sukola and Justice Ladan Manir from the Kaduna State High Court.
Of the nine judges, the NJC has recommended sanctions for Justice Tsamiya; Justice. Umezulike and Justice Kabiru Auta.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) is investigating six other judges of the Federal High Court. They are: Justices Mohammed Nasir Yunusa; Hyeladzira Ajiya Nganjiwa; Musa Haruna Kurya; Agbadu James Fishim; Uwani Abba Aji and Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia.
The government is insisting that the judges should be suspended from office by the National Judicial Council (NJC) to pave the way for their trial but the NJC claims the “sting operation” conducted in the judges’ homes and their arrest signal an attack on the Judiciary by the Executive.