Nigerian judges

A Federal High Court judge who was recently recalled by National Judicial Council (NJC) to resume work now faces a new legal battle.

Justice Hydiazira Nganjiwa, alongside seven other colleagues, was suspended by the National Judicial Commission on charges of corruption levied against him.

Nganjiwa was among the six judges recalled others are; John Okoro of the Supreme Court, Uwani Aji of the Court of Appeal, Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Musa Kurya of the Federal High Court, and Agbadu James Fishim of National Industrial Court of Nigeria.

In November 2016, the homes of eight judges were raided by men of the State Security Service, they were however reinstated into service after NJC meeting on the 31st May and   1st June.

NJC urged the judges to resume duties on the 7th of June after anti-graft and security agencies failed to prove the charges of corruption brought up against them.

Subsequently, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on June 8 filed a total of 14-count charge against Mr Nganjiwa, 13-count charge being accusation for unlawful enrichment and a one count charge of “making ‎false information to an officer of the EFCC”.

The embattled judge was accused of collecting $144,000, $102,000 plus other monies the anti-graft agency said he couldn’t “reasonably explain.”

Fresh charges were also filed against Justice Mohammed  Yunusa on the same day as Mr Nganjiwa.

Mr Yunusa faces a four-count charge from the EFCC after being accused of taking money from  Rickey Tarfa and Joseph Nwobike who are senior advocates.

 

 

 

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