Justice Minister asks NJC to investigate Enugu chief judge for misconduct


The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice Abubakar Malami has asked the National Judicial Council (NJC) to investigate the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice I.A. Umezulike for alleged misconduct.

In a letter with Ref No: HA‎GF/ENUGU/2000/I and dated 4th February, 2016, the minister also directed the Inspector General of Police to investigate the conduct of Justice Umezulike and one Mr Vincent Aneke the Director of Litigation at the Enugu State High Court over allegation that they both uttered a court judgment and order in Suit No. E/170/76 dated the 25th June, 1985.

The letter which is signed by the Special Assistant to the minister, Mr Okoi Obono-Obla, also directed the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission to investigate Mr Vincent Aneke for corruption and abuse of office.

The minister’s letter was sequel to a petition  to him ‎by a lawyer, Mr Peter Eze.

The petition dated November 25, 2015 complained of forgey and corrupt practices against the Enugu Chief Judge and the Director of Litigation.

The petition reads in part “On 25th June 1985, Justice P. K. Nwokedi, the Chief Judge of Anambra State (who later became a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria) delivered a judgment in Suit No. E/170/76: Nnaji & Ors. V. Nwugwu Ors.  The judgment awarded the Plaintiffs, the Umunneshi Family of Umunaji Ngene, Amechi Uwani, title to a parcel of land known as and called “Agbirigba Umu-Nensi”. (Thisday)

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