NJC bars three judges from promotion

The bench has unfolded disciplinary measures for putting erring judges in their place.

The National Judicial Council (NJC) wielded the big stick against three High Court judges yesterday for issuing conflicting ex parte orders.

Two of the judges, Okogbule Gbasam and Nusirat Umar, will not move to the “higher Bench” in the next two years, the NJC said.

While the third, Edem Kooffreh of the High Court of Cross Rivers State, will remain on the same spot for five years.

Gbasam is a judge of the Rivers State High Court while Umar is of the Kebbi State High Court.

The trio had earlier received warning letters which also placed them on a watchlist by the NJC

They were found culpable of issuing conflicting orders in cases involving the former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus.

Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Ibrahim Muhammad had in August summoned them and their colleagues in Anambra, Jigawa, and Imo states over conflicting orders that emanated from their courts.

A statement by the NJC Director of Information, Soji Oye, said the decisions were reached at a meeting presided over by the NJC Deputy Chairman, Justice Mary Peter-Odili.



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