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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Presidency faults NJC for reinstating judges

Presidency attacks NJC, vows to deal with reinstated judges


- The presidency says it is disappointed in the NJC for reinstating six suspended judges who are under investigation for alleged corruption 

- Okoi Obono-Obla, the special adviser to the president on prosecutions, faults the decision of the NJC to reinstate the judges when it is aware of the plan of the EFCC to arraign the judges 

- The presidential aide advises the suspended judges not to resume as they would soon be arraigned 

The presidency has accused the National Judicial Council (NJC) of indirectly promoting corruption by reinstating six suspended judges who were under investigation for alleged corruption. 


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Okoi Obono-Obla, the special adviser to the president on prosecutions, on Monday, June 5, said the presidency was disappointed in the NJC for reinstating the judges, Punch reports. 

Speaking during a live television programme on Channels TV, titled ‘Sunrise Daily’, Obono-Obla, faulted the decision of the NJC to reinstate the Judges when it was aware of the plan of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arraign the judges.

He said the NJC was aware of the plan of the EFCC to arraign the judges but surreptitiously reinstated them. 

The presidential aide advised the suspended judges not to resume as they would soon be arraigned.

Obono-Obla: “I can assure you that the NJC was aware of the intention of the EFCC to file criminal proceedings against those judges. So, why the hurry? Some of those judges also have several petitions written against them to the knowledge of the NJC so what is the hurry? 

“We were in the process of charging them to court and the NJC is aware that the EFCC was in the process of charging these judges to court and as I said earlier, there are also complaints, petitions from members of the public against these judges; so, why have they not looked into some of these petitions? 

“The impression is that they (NJC members) are trying to protect some of these judges. Apart from the criminal allegations against them, there are several petitions against these judges. 

“The NJC will just have to suspend them again. The judges should be stopped from sitting from today because they will soon be charged to court; I can assure you.” 

He said the reinstatement of Justice Ademola, whose case is still under appeal, was particularly disappointing.

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