Three Judges sacked by NJC for corruption

Ebun Francis

In what appears to be a move to cleanse the judiciary of its corrupt image, three judges has been recommended for sack by The National Judicial Council. The affected judges are are the presiding justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya, Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice I. A. Umezulike and Justice Kabiru M. Auta of the High Court of Justice, Kano State.

The National  Council, chaired by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, made the decision at its 78th Meeting which held on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

The council recommended that Justice Auta, be dismissed from service with immediate effect and to be handed over to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 1, Kano, for prosecution. In the case of the Justices Umezulike and Kabiru Auta, the NJC will await the outcome of its recommendations to the Governors of Enugu and Kano states, they are however suspended from office.

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The NJC in a statement stated that the affected Judges were punished after a thorough investigation of the allegations of corruption and abuse of judicial powers brought against them.