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Federal High Court moves to clear corruption, criminal cases, reshuffles judges



In its moves to clear corruption and criminal cases, the acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, has redeployed 10 judges of the court to different divisions across the country.

He said the move followed the order of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, adding, that affected judges will vacate where they currently sit and resume at their new divisions on October 27, 2017.

In a circular under the directive of Kafarati, Justice Saliu Saidu, Bayelsa division is to move to Lagos; Justice B.B. Aliyu from Yola to Port Harcourt; Justice I.M. Sani from Lokoja to Uyo; Justice I.L. Ojukwu from Uyo to Abuja; and Justice D.U. Okoronkwo, will leave Ekiti for Lokoja.

Others redeployed include Justice F.O. Giwa-Ogunganjo; Justice Adamu Turaki Mohammed; Justice Abdulaziz Anka; and Justice Ibrahim Watila.

“In view of the recent circular by the Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria regarding the need to clear corruption and criminal cases, I have decided to reshuffle the current posting of judges…

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“Affected judges are expected to resume in their new divisions by October 23rd, 2017. The judges shall continue with the hearing of criminal cases currently before them, as well as at least two witnesses have testified,” the circular read in part.

The CJN had recently ordered heads of various courts to constitute special courts for the purpose of hastening corruption cases to make effective the Federal Government’s anti-corruption fight.



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