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NJC bars 3 judges from promotion over conflicting orders on PDP leadership tussle

NJC bars 3 judges from promotion over conflicting orders on PDP leadership tussle


Three judges have been barred from promotion by the National Judicial Council (NJC) for issuing conflicting ex parte orders.

 

The ex parte orders have been issued in the course of the management disaster of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and on candidacy controversies forward of the Anambra governorship election.

 

At a gathering chaired by Mary Peter-Odili, Deputy Chairman of the council, it was agreed that Justices Okogbule Gbasam and Nusirat I. Umar might be barred from elevation to increased Bench for 2 years each time due. 

 

Justice Edem Ita Kooffreh however, won’t be promoted to increased bench for 5 years. 

 

Soji Oye, NJC director of knowledge stated in an announcement;

 

“The council resolved that Okogbule Gbasam, decide of the excessive court docket of Rivers state might be barred from elevation to increased bench for 2 years each time he’s due, as he did not train due diligence in granting the ex parte order in Suit No: PHC/2183/CS/2021 between Ibealwuchi Earnest Alex & 4 Ors and Prince Uche Secondus & anor, as there was no actual urgency, within the circumstances of the matter, that may have required an ex parte order.

“Council additionally resolved that hon. justice Nusirat I. Umar of the excessive court docket of Kebbi state be barred from elevation to increased Bench for 2 years each time due, having discovered elementary defects and non-compliance with the legislation in granting the ex parte order in swimsuit no: KB/HC/M.71/2021 between Yahaya Usman & 2 Ors and Prince Uche Secondus & anor.

“Hon. justice Edem Ita Kooffreh of the high court of Cross River state will not be promoted to higher bench for five years for allowing himself to be used as a tool for “forum shopping” and abuse of court docket course of in swimsuit No: HC/240/2021 between Enang Kanum Wani and Uche Secondus because it was evident that, in granting the ex parte order, he was seised of earlier orders of the excessive courts of Rivers and Kebbi states, being courts of coordinate jurisdiction along with his.

“The council also placed him on its Watch-List for a period of two years.”

 

Oye who revealed that the council arrived on the decision throughout a two-day assembly held on December 14 and 15, added that the three judges obtained warning letters urging them to be circumspect in granting ex parte orders sooner or later.

 

The NJC additionally accepted the appointment of 63 judges for 16 states, 9 of that are heads of court docket.

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