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15 High Court judges face NJC probe panels over misconduct



 15 High Court judges face NJC probe panels over misconduct

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has set up Probe Panels to investigate alleged gross misconduct allegations brought against 15 Judges of the federal and state high courts.

The probe panels are to determine the culpability of the Judges in the various petitions filed against them by individuals and corporate bodies.

This was disclosed in a statement on Friday by the NJC Director of Information, Mister Soji Oye, saying that the decision to investigate the alleged erring judges was taken at the Council’s 99th meeting presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola.

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He stated that the decision is sequel to the submission of recommendations of three Preliminary Complaint Assessment Committees which considered 66 petitions forwarded to them by the Council from all over the Federation.

However, the NJC spokesman did not name the judges to be probed, their divisions, and the specific nature of their alleged offences.

He noted that the Council dismissed petitions against 51 Judicial Officers of the federal and state high courts for either lack of merit, being subjudice, or being matters for an appeal or that the concerned Judge have retired from service.

According to Oye, the Council was formally presented with the reviewed Judicial Information Technology Policy which established the general requirements and responsibilities for the Nigerian judiciary systems and information.


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