Tuesday, 28 March 2017

PDP crisis: NJC clears Justice Abang of wrong doing

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has cleared Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court of allegations of misconduct made against him by a faction of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on his judgement which recognised the Ali Modu Sheriff committee as the authentic leadership organ of the party. The allegation of misconduct was contained in a petition to the NJC written by individuals in the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP. The NJC’s clearance of Justice Abang is contained in a letter dated March 17 and signed by its Secretary, Danladi Halilu, issued by the council after investigating allegations in the petition. The NJC, in the letter sighted by The Nation Tuesday, said it found no merit in the petition against Justice Abang. NJC said it deliberated on the petition at its meeting held on February 23, 2017 and found no merit in the petitions. It added that it proceeded to dismiss the petition after Justice Abang reacted to it. The NJC in the letter with reference number NJC/ F.3/FHC 44/VII/55 said: “At the end of deliberations, the council found that your petition finds no merit as there was no sufficient material before the NJC to infer that the judge sat on appeal over the decision of his brother judge of coordinate jurisdiction. “The appeal therefore lacked merit and is subsequently dismissed”. In another development, the NJC also dismissed the petition dated November 7, 2016, by Heritage Bank PLC, against Justice Abang for lacking in merit. The bank, in its petition against the judge, accused him of improper judicial conduct and bias against it in judicial proceedings before him.

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