Soludo’s Criminal Summon: CJN Orders Disciplinary Action Against Upper Area Court Judge

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad has ordered the Judicial Service Committee (JSC) of the Federal Capital Territory to immediately initiate disciplinary action against Justice Gambo Garba of the Upper Area Court Zuba.

This order against Justice Gambo was coming for issuing a direct criminal summon against a former governor of the Central Governor of Nigeria CBN Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo.

Soludo is presently the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the November 6, Anambra state gubernatorial election.

The judge had on July 15 issued the criminal charges against Soludo over alleged serial abuse of office and breach of Code of Conduct for public officers when he was the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria between 29 May 2004 – 29 May 2009.

Reports said the trial on criminal charges hinged on false declaration of assets is exclusively vested in the Code of Conduct Tribunal CCT but the Upper Area Court Judge assumed jurisdiction contrary to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.

A source who preferred anonymity said the FCT Judicial Service Committee, under the Chairmanship of the Acting Chief Judge, Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf, is billed to discipline the Judge.

The acting Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory is expected to submit his findings to the CJN within 21 days.

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Our source said “From all indications, the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman National Judicial Council (CJN), Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad seems determined to put an end to impunity and misconduct in the Judiciary.”

It would be recalled that the CJN had met with the Chief Judges of FCT, Rivers, Kebbi, Cross Rivers, Jigawa, Anambra and Imo States on Monday 6, September 2021 and directed some of them to admonish the Judges in their jurisdictions on the danger of granting ex parte injunctions.


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