Niger Judiciary dismisses Judge, demotes two others - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Niger Judiciary dismisses Judge, demotes two others

Niger State Judicial Service Commission (NJSC) has dismissed a Chief Magistrate and demoted two others.

The Magistrate Court Judge dismissed is Mohammed Bako Iya in Salka, Magama local government of the state. 

He was dismissed for gross misconduct and abuse of Judicial power. 

Similarly, two Sharia Court Judges, Abdullahi Nasiru of the Sharia Judge of Kotun Bola Minna and his colleague in Badeggi, Mohammed Baba Enagi were demoted for misconduct and abuse of office. 

They are also to serve a tutelage of one year in other courts. 

Secretary of the Commission,  Abdulrahman Ahmed Garafini, disclosed this at a press briefing in Minna. 

The NJSC Secretary said, "the decisions of the commission were taken at its 136th meeting on 21st March 2023 after consideration of recommendations by committees set up to investigate petitions against the Judges.  

"According to the findings of the committee, the allegations in the petition i.e. interference,  obstruction of justice and abuse of Judicial power against His Worship Mohammed Bako ( the Respondent) were sufficiently proved by the petitioner and the respondent His Worship Mohammed Bako unequivocally admitted the allegations. 

"Out of seven petitions,  three were against the dismissed judge, and two were sufficiently proved by the petitioners," the Statement added.

Garafini said, "the report and recommendations of the Justice Mohammed Mohammed led committee also indicted Mohammed Bako for practically jettisoning his call as a Judicial officer by representing and shielding a suspect, Saba Idris from arrest by police and court.

Secretary of the Commission stated that Bako was also indicted in a second petition alleging that he used the power of his office to intimidate and collected the sum of N400,000 from Fulani Herders whose cattle destroyed his beans farm .

The committee according to the NJSC scribe discovered that Mohammed Bako was a judge in his own case and used instrument of his office to facilitate a gainful benefit for his personal interest and private affairs adding that
the NJSC has approved the recommendations of the committee and has therefore dismissed the respondent with immediate effect.

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