Bribery: NJC sacks 3 judges, orders their prosecution

The National Judicial Council, NJC, yesterday, sacked three judges found to have abused their office by accepting gratifications from litigants before their courts. The Justices the legal body under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, suspended from office with immediate effect were 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 Council which took the decision at its 78th meeting which held on September 29, said it recommended compulsory retirement of the three judicial officers after due consideration of petitions against them. A statement by the Acting Director of Information at the NJC, Mr Soji Oye, read: “In the case of Hon. Justice Kabiru M. Auta, he is to be handed over to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 1, Kano, for prosecution.

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