NJC Beams Seachlight on Justice Abang

Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court, Abuja,is being investigated by the National Judicial Commission (NJC) over some of the cases he handled.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, said Monday that the National Judicial Council (NJC) is currently investigating cases of contrasting judgements emanating from courts of coordinate jurisdiction.
Mohammed stated this at the swearing in of New Senior Advocates of Nigeria in Abuja.
Cases of conflicting judgments increased recently with the leadership tussle in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP witnessing contrasting judgments from three Federal High Court (FHCs), in Lagos, Rivers, and Abuja.
On May 12, a FHC in Lagos ordered the PDP to refrain from conducting election into its national offices at a meeting that was to be held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
But shortly before the date of the said meeting on May 21, the PDP received a different judgment from another FHC in Port Harcourt allowing the conference to continue.
After the meeting on May 25, two FHCs in Lagos and Port Harcourt gave conflicting judgments allowing and nullifying the proceeding of the conference, at the same time.
Then on August 15, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja gave an order suspending a planned national convention of the PDP on August 17, after the Port Harcourt branch of the same court gave an order compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the police to ensure the conduct of the convention.
Justice Abang nullified the May 21 gathering of the party, where the caretaker committee chaired by Makarfi was elected. The Judge ruled that the decision of senator Ben Obi whose application gave birth to the May 9 ruling of the Port Harcourt court was illegal.

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