NJC has no stan­dard to dis­ci­pline judges – Me­for

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - By John Chuks Azu

A foren­sic an­a­lyst and psy­chol­o­gist, Mr Law Me­for has crit­i­cized the pro­ce­dure adopted by the Na­tional Ju­di­cial Coun­cil for the dis­ci­pline of erring judges in the coun­try.

He said in­ves­ti­ga­tions has shown that the NJC has no stan­dards of as­sess­ing and ap­por­tion­ing dis­ci­plinary mea­sures to erring judges but rather re­lies on “rules of thumb as the case arise, mak­ing its process and pro­ce­dures en­tirely sub­jec­tive and its con­clu­sions value judge­ments.”

In an ar­ti­cle sent to Daily Trust Law, Me­for said the NJC seems to be shield­ing some cat­e­gories of judges while go­ing af­ter oth­ers with the sledge­ham­mer.

“The NJC is one of the Fed­eral Ex­ec­u­tive Bod­ies cre­ated by virtue of Sec­tion 153 of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Nige­ria,” he said.

“With­out stan­dards and with the man­i­fest am­bi­ence for bias, how can the per­for­mance of such all-im­por­tant agency not be un­der­whelm­ing? Sev­eral con­tra­dic­tory dis­ci­plinary ac­tions taken by the NJC in the last cou­ple of years, com­pared to the fate the same body has con­signed Olotu’s case, prove the as­ser­tion be­yond any doubt,” he added.

But the NJC’s di­rec­tor of In­for­ma­tion, Soji Oye said the com­ments are driven more from ig­no­rance of the pro­ce­dure for dis­ci­pline of judges. He said ev­ery judge ac­cused of mis­con­duct is availed fair hear­ing where they have the right to bring their own lawyers and an in­ves­tiga­tive com­mit­tee will sit on the is­sues raised. He said the coun­cil does not al­ways win all the cases against judges.

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