- The acting chief judge of the Federal High court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, issues a circular to judges affected in a reshuffling exercise
- Justice Kafarati says all the redeployed judges are expected to resume duties in their new divisions by October 23, 2017
- Justice Ngwuta gets in trouble for using 2 International passportss
A massive shake-up at the Federal High Court has seen 10 judges get redeployed to different divisions of the court across Nigeria in order to clear corruption and criminal cases.
According to Sahara Reporters, the redeployment was made by the acting chief judge of the Federal High court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, in a circular issued to the affected judges.
“In view of the recent circular by the Honorable Chief Justice of Nigeria regarding the need to clear corruption and criminal cases, I have decided to reshuffle the current posting of judges as contained hereunder," the circular stated.
The affected judges affected by the reshuffle include:
1. Justice S. Saidu from Port Harcourt to Lagos
2. Justice B.B. Aliyu from Yola to Port Harcourt
3. Justice I.M. Sani from Lokoja to Uyo
4. Justice I.L. Ojukwu from Uyo to Abuja
5. Justice D.U. Okoronkwo from Ekiti to Lokoja
6. Justice Agamah from Portharcourt to Ekiti
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7. Justice F.O. Giwa-Ogunganjo from Abeokuta to Port Harcourt
8. Justice Adamu Turaki Mohammed from Port Harcourt to Abeokuta
9. Justice A.M.Z. Anka from Lagos to Yola
10. Justice Ibrahim Watila from Port Harcourt to Abeokuta
The circular stated that the affected judges are expected to resume duties in their new divisions by October 23, 2017.
Justice Kafarati said the judges would also continue to preside over criminal cases currently before them.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Immigration service (NIS) on Friday, October 6, told a Federal High Court, Abuja, that Sylvester Ngwuta, a suspended justice of the Supreme Court used two similar standard international passports interchangeably.
Mr Tanko kutana, a Senior Staff of the service made the claim while being crossed examined by counsel for the defendant, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN).
Ngwuta was among seven superior court judges that were arrested between Oct. 7 and Oct. 8, 2016 after the DSS raided their homes in what it termed a “sting operation.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the defendant is alleged to have been in possession of multiple standard travel passports and stashed foreign currencies in his Abuja home.
The witness said the service was not in the position to doubt the defendant when he showed proof of his missing international passport.
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