- A group has sounded the alarm over a recent ruling in which two court orders were issued by two judges
- The group warned that this case is capable of undermining the integrity of the country’s judiciary and bringing it into disrepute
- She described the judges’ actions as shameful and does not reflect the high standards expected by judges in the country FCT High Court
FCT, Abuja – The Center for Reform and Public Advocacy (CRPA) has sounded the alarm over what it described as a worrying trend in the country’s judiciary, with two court orders being issued by two judges.
The group said , the two judges – Hon. Judge Ibrahim Mohammed and Hon. Judge O. A. Adeniyi issued an order on the same request and on the same subject.
This was announced in a statement signed by the group’s convener, Mr. Ifeanyi Okechukwu, as a warning that the move is likely to undermine the integrity of the country’s judiciary and bring it into disrepute.
According to the group:
”Justice Mohammed had ruled on Friday May 13 that the terms of office of the chairmen of the six area councils and their councilors in the FCT is now four years.
“But in a desperate attempt to overturn the sentence, an application was submitted by Hon. Abubakar Jabrin Giri, the Chairman-elect of Gwagwalada Area Council on the register of Hon. Judge Ibrahim Mohammed’s court, while the minister of the FCT made his own request to set aside the sentence at the Registry of Hon. Court of Judge O. A. Adeniyi.
”The complaints pending in both courts have the same complaint number (FCT/HC/CV/910/2022) and the parties in the complaint are the same, i. H. IDRIS NASIRU & 4 ORS VS. THE MINISTER OF THE ABUJA CAPITAL TERRITORY.
”In an extremely bizarre move, both Judge Mohammed and Judge Adeniyi sat together on Monday, May 23, hearing the same motion in their respective courts and issuing different orders same motion.
“More disturbingly, the motion filed by Judge Ibrahim Mohammed on Monday, May 23, in which he issued an order, was also filed by Judge O.A. Adeniyi was postponed and maintained 27.”
The group warned that the prevailing public perception that judges may have been compromised in order to extend the term of office of the Removing the chairs of the six area councils and removing their council members is destructive and could lead to a loss of confidence in the judiciary.
The Center for Reform and P Public Advocacy has urged the Chief Justice of the FCT High Court and the National Judicial Commission (NJC) and other well-meaning Nigerians to act immediately to save the judiciary from this shameful act.
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