Despite Lack Of Evidence From DSS,Justices Ngwuta, Okoro Voluntarily Recuse Themselves

By Ikenga Chronicles October 31, 2016

Emerging report from the apex court on Sunday night revealed that two Justices of the Supreme Court, Sylva Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro have voluntarily withdrawn from participating in court proceedings.

The two justices were among other recently arrested by the Department of State Security Services (DSS) on corruption allegations.

It was also gathered that both Ngwuta and Okoro had not been seating since they were released after their arrest along with some other serving and compulsorily retired judges between October 7 and 8.

The outgoing Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, was said to have disclosed this at a meeting, which he held with a delegation of the Nigerian Bar Association in his chambers.

The CJN was said to have told the NBA delegation that the affected Justices of the Supreme Court had, on their own, decided to withdraw from further seatings of the apex court. The source stated, “The CJN made it clear that the NJC could never have suspended the arrested judges in the absence of any evidence presented by their accusers.”

“The CJN said the DSS, which leveled allegations against the judges, had not presented any evidence against them to the NJC on which any possibility of suspending them could be based.”

“But he said the two affected Justices of the Supreme Court had, on their own, recused themselves from sitting until when they are able to clear their names. The CJN made it clear that the two Justices of the Supreme Court were not on suspension.”

The NBA President, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), was said to have led the lawyers’ delegation, comprising some national officers of the association, to the meeting with the CJN.

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