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CJN blasts judges for conflicting verdicts

20 September 2016, 17:03

Abuja - The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, on Monday, declared that judges, who in the recent past in the country, gave conflicting judgments from courts of concurrent jurisdiction, were being investigated based on petitions against them, Punch reports.

The CJN said this in Abuja during the special session of the Supreme Court to mark the commencement of the 2016/2017 Legal Year and the inauguration of 22 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria.

Mohammed advised all judicial officers to ensure that they expedited the determination of all cases, especially criminal cases, by utilising the Administration of Criminal Justice Act and the 2013 Practice Directions on Serious Crimes, enacted to address delays in cases pertaining to serious crimes.

Mohammed, who promised that appropriate actions would be taken against errant judges who gave conflicting judgments, added that lawyers, who wrote petitions against judges and other judicial officers directly to the President, without going through the National Judicial Council, would be punished by the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee.

According to him, the constitution has clearly placed the power to exercise discretionary control over judicial officers in the NJC.

Conflicting judgments were given by a Federal High Court in Abuja and another Federal High Court in Port Harcourt over the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party between the Ahmed Makarfi and Alli Modu Sherrif’s factions.

Another conflicting judgment was given in the Abia State governorship tussle between Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and another PDP contender, Uche Ogah.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had in July berated judges in the country over several conflicting judgements according to News24.

The former president, who spoke at a book launch in Abuja, pleaded with the judiciary to help clear Nigeria’s political and economic challenges.

Obasanjo lamented that courts of co-ordinate jurisdiction now compete with one another.

- News 24

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