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NEWS UPDATE: Alleged lopsidedness: Bauchi judiciary denies appointing judicial officials

NEWS UPDATE: Alleged lopsidedness: Bauchi judiciary denies appointing judicial officials

Bauchi Province Judiciary Service Commission on Fri cleared the air on rumours going on that it employed 18 upper area judicature judges, saying that it did not employ nor appoint new judicial officers, rather promoted deserving officers and also filled existing vacant positions in line with relevant laws.

The commission’s clarification came on the heels of the province House of Assembly directive stopping farther recruitment pending the outcome of the investigation of its Commission of Judiciary.

Reacting to the choice, the Master Registrar of the Province High Tribunal, Barrister Subilim Emmanuel Danjuma, asserted that the judiciary in the province is not synonymous with the province Ministry building of Justice, adding that judiciary is one of the 3 arms of authorities, others existence executive and legislature.

He added that the Ministry building of Justice has no supervisory functions on the judiciary in the province as such does not have powerfulness to recruit or appoint judges for the province judiciary.

“The province judiciary is distinct from the province Ministry building of Justice. The province judiciary is an organ of authorities just similar the executive and the legislature constitutionally created under S. 6(2) of the 1999 Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

“The Ministry building of Justice is a legal department of the executive just similar whatever other ministry building. The Ministry building of Justice has no supervisory role whatsoever over the Judiciary as that has never been envisaged by our Structure.

“It hence goes without saying that the Ministry building of Justice does not have powerfulness to recruit or appoint judges for the province judiciary. The appointment, promotion and discipline of judicial officers and staff of the judiciary strictly resides with the Judicial Service Commission, a body created under S. 197 (1)(c) of the 1999 Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

“So whatever purported exercise carried out by anybody or say-so in observe of not only Province judicial officers but fifty-fifty judicial staff is an exercise in futility,” Danjuma stated.

He farther stated that as a outcome of massive retirement of its personnel over the years, the Sharia Tribunal of Appeal subdivision had shortage of manpower both at its higher and lower bench.

According to him, the commission sought the approbation of the province governor to promote deserving and qualified lower judges to the rank of Upper Sharia judges to see this shortfall.

He added that the governor granted the asking and the direction of the Sharia Tribunal of Appeal shortlisted and submitted briefs on 36 Sharia judges to make full in the existing 18 vacancies in the 2021 approved personnel budget to the Province Judicial Service Commission to be promoted to the place of Upper Sharia judges for its consideration.

Danjuma informed that the commission at its coming together on 5th Oct 2021, considered and approved the promotion of 18 out of the 36 Sharia judges to the place of Upper Sharia judges in the exercise of its powers as contained in the structure.

“To set the records straight, the judiciary in Bauchi Province and specifically the Sharia Tribunal of Appeal subdivision have a shortage of manpower both at its higher and lower bench. This is borne out of the massive retirement of its personnel overtime without replacement.

“This can also be seen in the recent appointments of Grand Kadi and 4 Kadis that add together upward to the higher bench by His Excellency the Governor of Bauchi Province. It is in this same vein that the Commission in its wisdom decided to seek consent and approbation of the Governor to promote deserving and qualified lower judges to the rank of Upper Sharia Judges to see this shortfall.

“The Governor in his magnanimity granted the asking. On its section, the direction of the Sharia Tribunal of Appeal shortlisted and submitted briefs on 36 Sharia judges to make full in the existing 18 vacancies in the 2021 Approved Personnel Budget to the Judicial Service Commission to be promoted to the place of Upper Sharia judges for its consideration.

“It is of notation that the Judicial Service Commission in its coming together Number 004 of 5th Oct 2021, considered and approved the promotion of 18 out of the 36 Sharia Judges to the place of Upper Sharia judges in the exercise of its powers under paragraphs 6 (c) of Section II (C) of the Third Schedule to the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).”

The Master Registrar, hence, declared that no appointment was made by the commission as speculated, saying that what happened was promotion.

“It may involvement you to notation hither that no appointment was made by the commission as is existence mischievously circulated in the media. The seamless and unfair accusations that trail the promotions seems to connote that this modest exercise of promotion was irregular and lopsided,” he clarified.

Danjuma informed that appointment of judges was not only sensitive but also regulated by the National Judicial Policy, Judicial Appointments Guidelines and Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers.

In his words, “we are not hither to bring together issues with anybody, but rather, we are hither to explicate to undiscerning minds that the appointment of judges, dissimilar other appointments is an exercise that is highly sensitive and regulated by the National Judicial Policy, Judicial Appointments Guidelines and Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers.

He famous that for the avoidance of incertitude, every aspect of judicial appointment physical process should be such that would command public observe and confidence that the best individual in terms of science, learning, integrity and courage are appointed as judicial officers.

According to Danjuma, “it is a basic and fundamental aspect of the judicial policy that the judicial appointments physical process must be obvious and merit-based.

“Indeed the yardstick for appointment in terms of science, competence, integrity and comportment shall not be compromised and shall be strictly observed. Reckon Paragraph 2.1.4 of National Judicial Policy of Apr 2016.”





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