EFCC Petitions NJC Over Alleged Misconduct Of Judges

EFCC
Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reported three judges to the National Judicial Council (NJC) over alleged misconduct.

The judges are Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa and Justice Agbadu Fishim.

It was learnt that in a letter dated January 5, 2018, the EFCC asked the NJC to take disciplinary action against the three judges who are all facing trial in several courts.

The petition, it was learnt, had become necessary due to a judgment by the Court of Appeal last December stating that the EFCC does not have powers to investigate or prosecute serving judicial officers, except where such officers have been dismissed by the NJC.

This formed part of the court’s verdict while striking out 14 fraud charges to the tune of $260,000 slammed on Justice Nganjiwa of the Bayelsa Division of the Federal High Court by the EFCC.

It was learnt that although the anti-graft agency had challenged Justice Nganjiwa’s suit at the Supreme Court, it decided to also write to the NJC so that fraud cases against other judges would not be scuttled.

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