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Benue Businessman Drags Two Judges To Judicial Council For Misconduct, Abuse Of Position In Case Involving Governor Ortom



A Benue State-based businessman, Sesugh Akume, has approached the Nationwide Judicial Council (NJC) to report two judges, W.I Kpochi and A. Ityonyiman, of the Excessive Court docket of Justice in Benue State for his or her alleged breaches of the code of conduct for judiciary officers.

Akume disclosed this in a press assertion launched on Friday, which he made accessible to SaharaReporters on Saturday.

He argued that the justices in dealing with a case between him and the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, “take issues private and even insult, harass and intimidate litigants utilizing their exalted positions.”

The businessmen additionally famous that they gave contradictory rulings on March 17, 2021.

The assertion was titled, “Citizen Fights Again, Drags Two Benue Judges to NJC for Misconduct and Abuse of Privilege.”  

It partly learn, “The Honourable Mr Justices W I Kpochi, and A Ityonyiman of the Excessive Court docket of Justice of Benue State sitting in Makurdi, have at present been dragged to the Nationwide Judicial Council (NJC) for his or her serial violations of the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and contravening the foundations {of professional} conduct for judges, misconduct and misbehaviour.

“Within the matter of Sesugh Akume and Governor of Benue & Others (MHC/182/2019, delivered on 21 July 2020) Justice Kpochi held that it was okay for governors to nominate native authorities caretaker administrations (as in opposition to having democratically-elected native authorities councils) opposite to the categorical provisions of the Structure and Supreme Court docket judgements on the difficulty. 

“He additionally held that I didn’t have the locus standi (the best to sue) to deliver up the matter to courtroom once I approached it. Though counting on the newest Supreme Court docket authorities on locus standi which give me the best, the decide refused to be persuaded, nevertheless a lot my attorneys tried to persuade him. 

“Judges are to comply with the regulation as it’s written and what the superior courts say it’s. Going opposite to Supreme Court docket judgements means a decide has gone rogue.

“Within the matter of Sesugh Akume and Governor of Benue & One other (MHC/293/2020, delivered on 17 March 2021) this similar decide, amongst different issues, cited sections of the Benue Native Authorities Regulation that aren’t so, in help of his judgement. What he claimed the referenced sections mentioned is just not what’s written within the regulation in any respect. 


“Additional to that he insulted me within the judgement, referring to the modest effort of looking for judicial interpretation of varied sections of the Benue Native Authorities Regulation to realize native authorities autonomy and extricate that tier of presidency from the stranglehold of the emperor-governors, as a ‘waste of time’, and additional known as me a ‘gold digger’ in a matter that I made completely no financial claims in any respect, nor does the decide know me personally wherever.

“Judges are to be respectable, dignified and courteous, they aren’t to descend into the world, take issues private and even insult, harass and intimidate litigants utilizing their exalted positions.

“Within the matter of Sesugh Akume v Authorities of Benue & Others (MHC/294/2021, delivered on 17 March 2021) Justice Ityonyiman held that I lacked the locus standi in a matter whereby I had made Freedom of Info (FOI) functions on the places of work of the accountant-general of Benue, and chairman of Emblem Native Authorities each of which had been denied.”

Akume mentioned it was unthinkable that he would lack the locus standi to hunt redress in courtroom concerning a letter he personally wrote and was denied his proper to entry a reply. 

He added, “It has more and more turn out to be a development for judges to cover behind the difficulty of locus standi to aspect with the federal government and deny residents justice, even when it’s clear that it doesn’t apply.

“This similar decide refused to reply the questions I introduced earlier than him, to wit, whether or not FOI applies to the state and native authorities system, and many others. Judges are duty-bound to reply questions dropped at them and never refuse to reply them in any respect ostensibly as a result of an individual lacks the locus standi.

“These 2 judges (together with one other) appear to have the unenviable popularity within the Benue judiciary of being pro-government, others insist. On that 17 March 2021, additionally each judges gave contradictory judgements on the difficulty of locus standi in the identical day. Each can’t be proper on the similar time on this situation that has been resolved and now settled.

“It’s the obligation of the judiciary to say itself as unbiased, neutral, honest, simply, with a view to encourage religion and confidence in it. When judgements are delivered it’s not sufficient that justice is finished, it’s crucial that justice is seen to be finished.

“To make certain, when a celebration is just not happy with a judgement on the trial courtroom they’re to enchantment at a superior courtroom, which now we have finished. Nevertheless, superior courts don’t deal with problems with misbehaviour, misconduct, abuse of privilege, partiality, and many others. Solely the NJC does.

“In my submission on the NJC at present, I connected copies of the Benue Native Authorities Regulation, and the three judgments referred to above, as annexures for them to take a look at the difficulty dispassionately and decide it on its benefit.

“As a citizen, I’ve performed my half and given the judiciary the chance to introspect, examine this matter, and self-discipline the erring judges. They could select to do the best factor or cowl up. That shall be fully their name.”


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