Two Supreme Court justices under investigation as NJC sacks Abia chief judge

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Two justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria are said to be under investigation by the highest judicial disciplinary body, the National Judicial Commission (NJC) which on Wednesday, also approved the compulsory requirement of Justice Theresa Uzokwe, Chief Justice of Abia State, and Justice Obisike Oji of Abuja State High Court.

The NJC chaired by Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen from Cross River State also issued stern warnings to SE Aladetoyinbo and Justice Olusola Williams of the Lagos and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Courts.

The NJC, at its Wednesday meeting, also set up a committee to investigate a Supreme Court justice and two state chief judges.

A statement issued by Soji Oye, director of information NJC, said the judicial body approved the appointment of 60 judicial officers for 24 states in the country.

The Muhammadu Buhari administration has made no secret of taking the fight against corruption to the judiciary but seemed to touch sensitive nerves by mass arrest of judges. The administration seemed to pipe later to allow administrative measures fish out bad eggs in the judiciary who may not be much in doubt. Cases and instances of huge sums exchanging hands abound but any move ahainst judges in Nigeria usually backfires. Government seems to begin to lose cases in court in what looks like a fight back.

Now, Onnoghen, who got a mandate to fight corruption when he was appointed in a delayed method last year, now seems set to begin the task of sanitizing the judiciary, but many analysts wonder how far he can go.