Unbelievable! NJC moves to block exposure of corrupt judges

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– A new rule by the National Judicial Council (NJC) seeks to block the public from knowing about petitions of corruption against judges and other judiciary employees

– The policy on this rule is expected to be launched today by the NJC and come into full force immediately

Chief Justice of Nigeria Mahmud Mohammed

Chief Justice of Nigeria Mahmud Mohammed

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has concluded plans to bar public exposure of allegations of corruption against judges and judiciary employees, reports Punch.

The move is expected to commence today, Monday, October 24 when it is launched by the NJC as part of a policy statement.

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Punch reports that under the new policy, the judicial body or any institutions of the judiciary shall discard a complaint sent against a judge or employee of the judiciary for investigation if after receiving the complaint it is leaked or discussed in the media.

The policy partly read, “lt shall be the policy of the judiciary on complaints that allegations of misconduct against judicial officers or employees of the judiciary shall not be leaked or published in the media.

“Where complaints on allegations against judicial officers and court employees are submitted for investigation, the complainant or complainants shall be made to give an undertaking not to do anything to prejudice investigation or actions that may be taken.

“The institutions of the judiciary concerned with investigation or and implementation of decisions taken on such complaints shall be obliged to cease further action where such complaints are leaked or discussed in the media.

“Where such a leakage is occasioned after the submission of a complaint then all investigations on the complaints shall be suspended, the leakage investigated and if such leakage is from the complainant on through other parties known to such a complainant, such a complaint should be discarded.

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“Where such leakage is occasioned prior to the presentation of the complaint and the source of the leakage is found to be the complainant or through other parties known to and connected with the complainant then such complaint shall not be accepted, upon submission, by the appropriate disciplinary body.

“Upon the conclusion of any investigation, the judicial disciplinary bodies may allow public disclosure of their findings, subject to following the proper channels for such disclosure.”

This development comes just days after the NJC accused the Department of State Service of impropriety in the raid of the homes of top judges across the country weeks ago.

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission late on Saturday, October 22 raided the home of female judge of the Federal High Court, Lagos, Justice Rita Ofili- Ajumogobia and made an shocking discovery.

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