We have no power to dismiss Judges – NJC

1 November 2016 National

The National Judicial Council, NJC, has stated that it has no power to dismiss judges accused of corruption, even as it pointed out that it does not also recover proceeds of corruption.

The NJC  has stated that it cannot hand over the judges to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for investigation and prosecution.

This was stated in a letter by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, who is the chairman of the NJC, and signed by the Senior Special Assistant, H. S. Sa’eed to the CJN.

The letter dated October 26, 2016, as reported by Daily Post was in response to the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP’s request to Justice Mohammed requesting him as the Chairman of the NJC to “take over from the Department of State Service (DSS) the cases of all the 7 judges released by the DSS and refer the cases of those judges to anti-corruption agencies for conclusion of investigation and prompt prosecution.”

According to SERAP,  the NJC explained that its duty stopped at making recommendations to the Executive arm of government after looking into petitions against judges.

The NJC however said it is committed to purging the judiciary of rot with the support of the citizens by treating all petitions against judges appropriately, adding that to this end, it has enacted the Judicial Discipline Regulations, 2014.

According to Mohammed, “However, in exercise of its constitutional mandate, the NJC has enacted the Judicial Discipline Regulations, 2014 in order to ensure that petitions are received, investigated and addressed as appropriate.

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