NJC Dismisses Kano Chief Judge, Suspends 2 Others

Supreme Court of Nigeria

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has announced the dismissal of the Chief Judge of the Kano High Court, Justice Kabiru M. Auta, from service with immediate effect and handed over Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 1, Kano, for prosecution.

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

It also announced the suspension of the presiding justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Justice Mohammed Ladan Tamiya and the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice I. A. Umezulike.

According to a statement by the NJC, the decision on the judges stemmed from allegations made against them bordering on corruption and abuse of judicial powers.

While it awaits the outcome of its recommendations from the Office of the President, and those of governors of Enugu and Kano states, the NJC states that the three judges have been suspended from their offices.

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