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NJC Suspends Rivers Chief Judge  print

Published on March 27, 2014 by   ·   10 Comments

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Justice P.N.C Agumagu

Justice P.N.C Agumagu

The last appeared not to have been heard about the lingering crisis in Rivers state judiciary where Governor Rotimi Amechi is locked in a battle of wits with the National Judicial Council, NJC, over the appointment of a substantive Chief Judge for the state judiciary.

The governor had on the 18th March sworn in Justice P. N. C Agumagu as the substantive Chief Judge of the state but without the recommendation of the NJC, which is a constitutional requirement for such appointment.

At an emergency meeting of the Council at Abuja on Wednesday, the NJC in the course of deliberations on the Rivers state matter noted that section 271 (1) of the Constitution provides that appointment of a person to the Office of the Chief Judge of a State shall be made by the Governor of the State on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council, subject to the confirmation of the appointment by the House of Assembly of the State and observed that the National Judicial Council did not at any time make any recommendation to the Governor of Rivers State for Justice Agumagu, who was hitherto the President of Customary Court of Appeal, to be appointed the substantive Chief Judge of Rivers State.

The Council thereafter resolved that it does not and will not recognize Justice Agumagu as the Chief Judge of Rivers state and called on the general public and all concerned in the matter, particularly the Governor of Rivers state, the Rivers State House of Assembly, the Judiciary in Rivers State, to be notified and informed that the National Judicial Council will not deal with Justice Agumagu as the Chief Judge of Rivers State.

In furtherance to the Council’s powers under Paragraph 21 (d) of Part 1 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution, the NJC thereafter suspended Justice Agumagu from office as a Judicial Officer with immediate effect.

It also resolved to issue a query to the judge to explain in writing within  four days, why he should not be removed from office as  a Judicial Officer for his failure to abide by his Oath of Office to uphold the Constitution and Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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10 Comments for “NJC Suspends Rivers Chief Judge”

  1. C. Obi

    Another show of power n arrogance starting . When shall peace n calm reign in River State

    • Opus

      Armchair critic.
      Did you read about the pronouncement of the Judicial Service Commission with due respect to the constitutional provisions?
      I think your response is impulsive, with no reference to the reasons adduced by the JSC.
      Arrogance from a despotic governor. The Judge now stands to have his lengthy years of service in tatters, after compromising his position.
      Learn to get the facts right before you touch your keypad.
      I reckon it is a knee-jerk reaction in support of your corner.

  2. Sunny Akhigbe

    All the blame should go to Amaechi the political James Bond on Nigeria. For a man who benefitted so much from the judiciarcy at he beginning of his political journey into government house, it was such a shame that he tried to ridicule that institution in th name of politics. It could be recalled that lawyers had to go on public demonstration over non appointment of a substantive chief Judge for the state. Courts could not sit and some of the lawyers were thrown into “umployment Market”; more like no farm for the farmer to practice his trade! And when he eventually appointed one, he put the wrong foot forward. I whole-heartedly support the National Judicial Commision here. Anyone acusing them of impunity here is either being economical with the truth or is a fool. Instead it is Amaechi that should be acused of impunity. I have repeatedly maintained that this Amaechi man is not an intelligent fellow. Now let Lai Mohammed and APC come out with a new allegation of judicial persecution of their darling Amaechi. They would not stop pointing acusing finger at the Preseidency. Stupid!

  3. fat

    People should know that everything is politics, ameachi need to defend himself against clueless president. But nigeria show ask what make it difficult for dumbo to remove Rotimi. The guy has the support of his people because he performed.

  4. NJC is setting a bad precedent here, in the future judges will be avoiding the customary rt of appeal, If they are Nominated as President,Is The Customary Court of Appeal no longer part of the Judiciary? So if a judge becomes the President of the Customary Court of Appeal then he is automatically barred from becoming the Chief Judge? The NJC should not seat logic on its head here please, it cannot usurp the powers of the Governor to appoint the Chief Judge, I don’t understand the kind of federal system we are practicing. I know Okey Wali is the brain behind all these confusion, he is an indigene of River State and under his watch the NBA has turned mute and quiet in the face of the brazen illegalities been committed by the Jonathan administration which helped him into office. We are watching.

  5. Preston Laye

    Gov Amaechi,is a big mistake and a bone on our neck.How to carefully guide him out of power should be the concern of all citizens of the region.

    • SO MANY AT TIMES WE MAKE CHOICE BASED ON SELFISH INTEREST AND TURN OUT CRYING AGAIN BEING FAILED WITH THE GREED EXPECTATIONS BY THE SUPPOSED CHOICE MADE. AT TIMES, GOD ON HIS OWN PASSION MAKE POSSIBLE A LEADER THAT WE IMPACT POSITIVELY TO THE DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH OF THE PEOPLE AND THE COUNTRY AND LITTLE DID WE KNOW WE ARE FIGHTING AGAINST OUR GOD GIVING LEADER. MOST AT TIMES, IT HAPPENS THIS WAY STILL BASED ON PEOPLES’ SELFISH WAY OF REASONING. MY BRODA, I HOPE YOUR CONCLUSION ON AMAECHI’S AS GOVERNOR OF RIVERS STATE AS BEING A MISTAKE IS NOT BASED ON THIS SELFISH REASONING OR BEING INFLUENCED BY MINDSET OF PERSONALITIES OF THIS MENTALITY? BECAUSE I WONDER IF GOVERNORS IN THE PREVIOUS WE APPLAUD AS GOLDEN OR WHATEVER WHO DID NOT EVEN MADE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE POOR MASSES CAN GO WITHOUT A QUESTION ABOUT HIS STEWARDSHIP TO THE STATE, AND THAT OBVIOUSLY NOW THE GOVERNMENT IS BEING FELT BY THE POOR MASSES, WHAT I HERE YOU SAY IS ”AMAECHI IS A MISTAKE”. ARE YOU SURE YOUR STATEMENTS ARE GUIDED BY GOD OR BY GREED? PLEASE, HAVE IT REVIEWED. GOD BLESS YOU.

    • SO MANY AT TIMES WE MAKE CHOICE BASED ON SELFISH INTEREST AND TURN OUT CRYING AGAIN BEING FAILED WITH THE GREED EXPECTATIONS BY THE SUPPOSED CHOICE MADE. AT TIMES, GOD ON HIS OWN PASSION MAKE POSSIBLE A LEADER THAT WILL IMPACT POSITIVELY TO THE DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH OF THE PEOPLE AND THE COUNTRY AND LITTLE DID WE KNOW WE ARE FIGHTING AGAINST OUR GOD GIVING LEADER. MOST AT TIMES, IT HAPPENS THIS WAY STILL BASED ON PEOPLES’ SELFISH WAY OF REASONING. MY BRODA, I HOPE YOUR CONCLUSION ON AMAECHI’S AS GOVERNOR OF RIVERS STATE AS BEING A MISTAKE IS NOT BASED ON THIS SELFISH REASONING OR BEING INFLUENCED BY MINDSET OF PERSONALITIES OF THIS MENTALITY? BECAUSE I WONDER IF GOVERNORS IN THE PREVIOUS WE APPLAUD AS GOLDEN OR WHATEVER WHO DID NOT EVEN MADE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE POOR MASSES CAN GO WITHOUT A QUESTION ABOUT HIS STEWARDSHIP TO THE STATE, AND THAT OBVIOUSLY NOW THE GOVERNMENT IS BEING FELT BY THE POOR MASSES, WHAT I HERE YOU SAY IS ”AMAECHI IS A MISTAKE”. ARE YOU SURE YOUR STATEMENTS ARE GUIDED BY GOD OR BY GREED? PLEASE, HAVE IT REVIEWED. GOD BLESS YOU.

  6. Dotun

    @Ajonibadi, what are you watching? the blatant disregard to the judiciary is what you’re supporting! Amaechi is power drunk.I supported him before, but now relised that he don’t know what he’s doing.

  7. Anonymous

    I tink d apointment of P.N.C Agumagu shud b d best 4 d state, let jst forget about Ameachi nd his political probs.

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