NJC places Judge on watch list.

Written by on March 17, 2022

The National Judicial Council (NJC) on Wednesday announced the placement of Justice Muawiyah Idris of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, on its ‘watch list’ for a period of one year.

Justice Idris was placed on the NJC’s watch list shortly after he was issued a warning letter ‘for signing the writ of possession for execution on the same day he delivered judgment in suit no. FCT/HC/CV/FT/36/19 between Sicons Nigeria Ltd V Nile Place Restaurant and Catering Services Ltd’. The suit was for recovery of demised property.

The decision to place the judge on suspension, according to a statement from the council, was taken at the NJC’s 97th meeting held on March 15 and 16, 2022, under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad.

The statement, signed by the Director, Information, NJC, Mr Soji Oye, explained that the council agreed with the findings of the committee that investigated the judge that his action was in contravention of Proviso to Order 27 Rule (16) (b) High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Civil Procedure Rules 2018 and Order 4 (1) and (2) of the Judgment Enforcement Rules 2004.

Besides Idris, the NJC also issued a similar warning letter to Justice M. M. Ladan of the High Court of Kaduna State having found merit in the petition written against him in suit no. KDH/KAD/1321/2018 between VTLS Inc. Vs Ahmadu Bello University.

Ango Bally

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