APC petitions NJC over ex-parte orders by two Bauchi judges

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State has dragged two judges of the state high court to the National Judicial Council (NJC) for allegedly granting ex-parte orders contrary to procedures and conventions.

 A copy of the petition against Justices Mu’azu Abubakar and Kunaza N. Hamidu, dated December 20, 2021 was submitted at the office of the Chief Justice of the Federation and chairman of the NJC, Justice Mohammed Tanko, on December 21.

 The petition was submitted against the judges for allegedly granting ex-parte orders that lasted till hearing and determination of the substantive suit without fair hearing.

 The petitioners are Alhaji Umar Jibo, the APC chairman-elect in Dass Local Government Area, and Babayo Aliyu Misau, the chairman-elect and his executives alleged that, “By law, ex-parte orders are only granted to preserve the res and last only for 14 days.” 

The petitioners alleged that the justices gave separate orders in suits no BA/294/2021 and BA/211/2021, which will affect their swearing in, as they are expected to last up to the hearing and determination of the suits filed by the aggrieved parties over their victory.

 They appealed to the NJC to do justice to their claims against the two justices.

 Recently, the CJN warned judges against granting frivolous ex-parte orders to politicians and threatened action against anyone found wanting.

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