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Presidency yesterday has shown dissatisfaction
over the decision of national judicial council to reinstate judges who were
still under investigation for alleged corrupt Preactices.
In a programme monitored by our correspondent
yesterday on channel’s sunrise daily, the special adviser to the president on
prosecution okoi-obono Obla said the presidency was dissatisfied with the NJC  over its decision

Recall that No fewer than five of the judges, who were suspended in
October last year, had yet to be arraigned by the Federal Government, causing
the Nigerian Bar Association to demand their immediate reinstatement.
One of the reinstated judges, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, was
arraigned but the charges were struck out by the court.
The Federal Government had filed an appeal against the ruling
when the NJC reinstated him.
Obono-Obla said the Presidency was disappointed in the NJC,
alleging that the council was indirectly promoting corruption by reinstating
the judges.
He stated that the NJC was aware of the plan of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission to arraign the judges but surreptitiously
reinstated them.
The Presidential aide advised the suspended judges not to
resume as they would soon be arraigned.
Obono-Obla added, “I can assure you that the NJC was aware of
the intention of the EFCC to file criminal proceedings against those judges.
So, why the hurry? Some of those judges also have several petitions written
against them to the knowledge of the NJC so what is the hurry?
“We were in the process of charging them to court and the NJC
is aware that the EFCC was in the process of charging these judges to court and
as I said earlier, there are also complaints, petitions from members of the
public against these judges; so, why have they not looked into some of these
“The impression is that they (NJC members) are trying to
protect some of these judges. Apart from the criminal allegations against them,
there are several petitions against these judges.
“The NJC will just have to suspend them again. The judges
should be stopped from sitting from today because they will soon be charged to
court; I can assure you.”
The President’s aide said he was particularly disappointed
that the NJC reinstated Justice Ademola, whose case is still under appeal.
He said it was unethical for the judge to preside over cases
when his integrity was still in question.
Obono-Obla added, “An appeal is not tantamount to a stay of
execution but we are talking of a judge’s integrity; the reputation of the
judge, the credibility of the judiciary. This is a judge whose credibility is
at stake.
“He was arraigned for allegedly collecting bribes. He was
discharged and acquitted and the decision was appealed. If I were that judge, I
would not sit until the appeal is heard because members of the public will not
have confidence in his court and the judicial system relies on the confidence
of the people.”

Specifically, those the NJC reinstated to the bench are
Justice John Okoro of the Supreme Court; Justice Uwani Abba Aji of the Court of
Appeal; Justice Hydiazira Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court; Justice Adeniyi
Ademola of the Federal High Court, who has been discharged and acquitted;
Justice Musa Kurya of the Federal High Court; and Justice Agbadu Fishim of the
National Industrial Court of Nigeria.

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