Bauchi APC Drags Two High Court Judges To National Judicial Commission


All Progressives Congress (APC), in Bauchi State has dragged two justices of the State High Court to the National Judicial Commission (NJC) for granting ex-parte orders contrary to procedures and conventions.

A copy of the petitions against Justices Mu’azu Abubakar and Kunaza N. Hamidu dated December 20, 2021and submitted at the office of the chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the NJC  Hon Justice Mohammed Tanko on December 21, 2021. 

The petition against the two judges was submitted for granting ex-parte orders that will last till hearing and determination of the substantive suit without fair hearing and copies made available to Journalists in Bauchi yesterday.

The Petitioners were Alhaji Umar Jibo- the APC Chairman elect in Dass  local government area of Bauchi State, and Honourable Babayo Aliyu Misau-the State APC Chairman elect and his executives.

The have argued that “By law, ex-parte orders are only granted to preserve and last only for 14 days,” But the two Justices separately gave order in the suits no BA/294/2021 and BA/211/2021 which affects their swearing-in, since both the two orders separately will last up to the hearing and determination  of the suits file by aggrieved parties over their victory.

They therefore appeal to the National  Judicial Commission to do justice to their claims against the two Justices.

Recently, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, has warned judges against granting frivolous ex-parte orders to politicians, and threatened action for any jurist found wanting henceforth

It could be recalled that the two State High  Courts Restrained Mai Mala Buni, APC from inaugurating Hon Babayo Misau-led executive members and Umar Jibo led executives of the party who were recently elected.

Those also restrained by the court order from administering the oath of office or according to Misau and his backroom ‘recognition’ as Bauchi APC leaders and acting APC National Caretaker Committee Chairman who is the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni; Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.

The order also included former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara and their privies, agents, cohorts and representatives in whatever capacity. 

It similarly ordered Misau and those that emerged as APC leaders in Bauchi along with him from “parading themselves in whatsoever manners or means and or acting in whatever capacities or names called as Bauchi State Executive Officers of APC pending the hearing of the substantive suit filed.” 

The order of the High Court persists pending the determination of the suit brought before the court.

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