NJC appoints nine Heads of Court, places two judges on watchlist

By Olalekan Awojodu, Abuja

The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad has resolved to issue warning letters to two Judicial Officers of the Federal and State High Court.

The decision was taken at its 97th Meeting held on 15 and 16 March 2022.

In a press release dated 16th March, 2022, the Director, Information,, Soji Oye Esq indicated that Hon. Justice Muawiyah Baba Idris of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja was issued a warning letter and placed on Council’s “Watch List” for a period of one year for signing the Writ of Possession for execution on the same day he delivered judgement in Suit No. FCT/HC/CV/FT/36/19 between Sicons Nigeria Ltd V Nile Place Restaurant and Catering Services Ltd. The Suit was for recovery of demised property.

Council agreed with the findings of the Committee that investigated the Hon. Judge that his action was in contravention of Proviso to Order 27 Rule (16) (b) High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Civil Procedure Rules 2018 and Order 4 (1) and (2) of the Judgement Enforcement Rules 2004.
Council also resolved to issue a warning letter to Hon. Justice M. M. Ladan of the High Court of Kaduna State having found merit in the petition written against him in Suit No. KDH/KAD/1321/2018 between VTLS Inc. Vs Ahmadu Bello University.

The Judge was alleged to have signed the Writ of Attachment while the Garnishee Order Nisi was pending.

Similarly, Council at the meeting considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and at the end of deliberation, they recommended the under-listed names of Fifteen (15) successful candidates as Heads of Courts and other Judicial Officers in Nigeria.

The successful candidates are the Chief Judge of, Plateau State, Hon. Justice David Gwong Mann, Chief Judge, Gombe State,Hon. Justice Joseph Ahmed Awak, GrandbKadi, Sharia Court of Appeal, Kaduna State, Hon. Kadi Abdurrahman Umar Abubakar, Grand Kadi, Sharia Court of Appeal, Taraba State, Hon. Kadi Shuaibu Dahiru Ahmad, President, Customary Court of Appeal, Rivers State, Hon. Justice Ihemnacho Wilfred Obuzor, President Customary Court of Appeal, Cross River State,
Hon. Justice Sampson Mbeh Anjor.
Others are six Judges of the, Federal High Court, Bala Khalifa-Mohammed Usman, Emmanuel Gakko, Aminu Garba, Musa Sulaiman Liman, Ahmad Gama Mahmud, Segun-Bello Mabel Taiye and Joseph Adebayo Aina, a Judge of the FC High Court in Abuja.

In the same vein, Sallau Ismaila Madugu and Bulus Samuelson Nyiputen were appointed Kadi Sharia Court of Appeal, Taraba State and Judge Customary Court of Appeal Taraba State respectively.

The statement added that all recommended candidates are expected to be sworn-in after approval by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and their respective State Governors and confirmation by the National Assembly and the respective State House of Assemblies as the case may be.

At the session, the members also considered the reports of various Committees and noted the notification of retirements of 23 Judicial Officers of the Federal and State Courts and notification of death of one State High Court Judge.

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