Judiciary sacks judge, demotes 2 others over misconduct, abuse of office in Niger
The Niger State Judicial Service Commission (NJSC) has immediately dismissed Mohammed Bako Iya from his position as Magistrate Court judge in Salka, Magama local government of the state, for alleged gross misconduct and abuse of judicial power.
The NJSC also demoted two sharia court judges by one grade level for misconduct and abuse of office.
Abdullahi Nasiru, the Sharia Judge of Kotun Bola Minna, and Mohammed Baba Enagi, his colleague in Badeggi, are the affected judicial officers.
The Commission’s Secretary, Abdulrahman Ahmed Garafini, disclosed this information during a press briefing in Minna.
He stated that the decision was made at the 136th meeting of the Commission on March 21, 2023, after consideration of the recommendations of the committee led by Justice Mohammed Mohammed that was established to investigate petitions against the judges.
Secretary of the NJSC disclosed that the two Sharia court judges, Abdullahi Nasiru Mohammed Baba Enagi, will also serve a one-year apprenticeship in other courts.
In addition, he revealed that three of the seven petitions were filed against the dismissed judge Mohammed Bako Iya’. Two allegations were adequately proven by the petitioners, and the judge unequivocally admitted to the allegations.
Garafini noted that the report indicted Mohamed Bako for disregarding his judicial duties by representing and shielding Saba Idris from police and court arrest.
The secretary disclosed that he was indicted in a second petition for allegedly using his position to intimidate and collect N400,000 from Fulani Herders whose cattle destroyed his beans farm.
“It was subsequently discovered that Mohammed Bako was a judge in his own case and used the instrument of his office to facilitate a gainful benefit for his personal interest and private affairs; consequently, the NJSC accepted the recommendations of the committee and dismissed the respondent with immediate effect,”.
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