Nigeria’s National Judicial Council (NJC) has ordered three judges of coordinate jurisdiction involved in granting exparte orders in a case with the same subject matter to appear before a special investigation committee to show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against them.
The committee was constituted by the NJC under the chairmanship of the chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad.
“In line with the principles of fair hearing, has directed the three Judges of coordinate jurisdiction who granted Exparte Orders over the same the case with the same subject matter to appear before a special Investigation Committee constituted by the Council in order to show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against them for such act,” a statement signed by Soji Oye the director of Information at the NJC read.
Recall that the CJN had summoned six chief judges over conflicting court orders especially on suits instituted by members of various political parties that emanated from their judicial divisions within one month.
The chief judges summoned were that of Rivers, Kebbi, Cross River, Anambra, Jigawa and Imo states.
By Abel Ejikeme