The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court’s Justice Muawiyah Baba Idris has been placed on a watchlist for alleged misbehaviour.
Soji Oye, spokesman for the National Judicial Council (NJC), confirmed this in a statement, stating that the decision was made during the council’s 97th meeting on March 15 and March 16, 2022.
On the same day he gave judgement in Suit No. FCT/HC/CV/FT/36/19 between Sicons Nigeria Ltd and Nile Place Restaurant and Catering Services Ltd, Justice Idris was accused for signing the Writ of Possession for execution. The suit sought to reclaim demised property.
According to the Council, the conduct violated Order 27 Rule (16) (b) of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Civil Procedure Rules 2018 and Order 4 (1) and (2) of the Judgement Enforcement Rules 2004.
Another Kaduna State High Court judge, Mohammed M. Ladan, was warned.
According to reports, the Council found merit in the petition filed against Ladan in Suit No. KDH/KAD/1321/2018 between VTLS Inc. and Ahmadu Bello University. While the Garnishee Order Nisi was waiting, he signed the Writ of Attachment.
According to Oye, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, has proposed the appointment of six heads of courts and nine judicial officers for the federal and state high courts.
The Council reviewed the list of applicants given by its interview committee and recommended 15 judges for appointment to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Chief Judge David Gwong Mann (Plateau); Chief Judge Joseph Ahmed Awak (Gombe); Grand Kadi Abdulrahman Umar Abubakar (Kaduna); Kadi Abdurrahman Umar Abubakar (Kaduna); Kadi Shuaibu Dahiru Ahmad (Taraba); and President Customary Court of Appeal Ihemnacho Wilfred Obuzor (Rivers) (Cross River).
Meanwhile, Emmanuel Gakko, Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court, and Segun-Bello Mabel Taiye, Deputy Chief Registrar, are among the six justices appointed to the court.
Bala Khalifa-Mohammed Usman, Aminu Garba, Musa Sulaiman Liman, and Ahmad Gama Mahmud are among the others.
Others are Joseph Adebayo Aina (FCT), Kadi Sallau Ismaila Madugu (Taraba), and Judge Customary Court of Appeal Bulus Samuelson Nyiputen (Taraba).