NJC queries Justice Yunusa over alleged judicial abuse

GavelThe National Judicial Council (NJC) has queried Justice Muhammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court, who is embroiled in bribery controversy.

The query is contained in a letter with reference number NJC/F.3/FHC.49/1/421 dated March 16, 2016 and signed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, Justice Mahmud Mohammed.

The judge was given 14 days to submit his response to allegations of judicial abuse, compromise and misconduct levelled against him by the Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC).

The query, which was sent to the embattled judge through Justice Ibrahim Auta, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, read: “I forward herewith a petition dated December 21, 2015 against you by Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju, Chairman, Civil Society Network Against Corruption, on the above subject matter. The petition speaks for itself. I shall be glad to have your comments within 14 days from the date of your receipt of this letter, please.”

The CSNAC had in a petition dated December 15, 2015, accused the judge of consistent refusal to abide by judicial precedents laid down by superior courts in granting orders and injunctions against the EFCC.

According to CSNAC, the actions of Justice Yunusa were serving as “leeway for unscrupulous and corrupt individuals, who will stop at nothing to truncate their arrest, investigation and prosecution by the appropriate law enforcement agencies to render our criminal law ineffective, as well as allowing corruption to fester in the society.”

The organisation said: “The grant of the orders of mandatory and perpetual injunctions by Justice Yunusa against the EFCC is a grave departure from the established principles in the mentioned cases as laid down by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal which are binding on the Federal High Court, being a lower court.

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