Sunday, September 19, 2021

CJN Mohammed Orders Disciplinary Action Against Judge Garba

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and Chairman National Judicial Council (NJC), Justice Tanko Mohammed has asked the Judicial Service Committee (JSC) to commence disciplinary action against the Upper Area Court Judge who issued direct Criminal Summons against the Anambra State APGA governorship candidate Professor, Chukwuma Soludo.

Spokesperson of the NJC, Soji Oye explained that the directive was issued to the JSC under the Chairmanship of the Acting Chief Judge of the FCT, Justice Husseini Yusuf-Baba last week.

The Abuja Upper Area Court, presided over by Gambo Garba in 2021 issued a direct Criminal Summons against Professor Soludo over what he described as perjury, corruption and false assets declaration, an action which is said to be completely outside the jurisdiction of the Court.

The court also said the criminal summons against Soludo was for alleged serial abuse of office and breach of Code of Conduct for public officers when he was the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria between 29 May 2004 and 29 May 2009.

The Acting Chief Judge of the FCT is expected to submit his findings to the CJN in 21 days.

Justice Muhammed recently met with the Chief Judges of FCT, Rivers, Kebbi, Cross Rivers, Jigawa, Anambra and Imo States on the danger of granting ex parte injunctions.