Rivers CJ drags NJC to court over suspension

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BY IKECHUKWU NNOCHIRI

ABUJA—The Chief Judge of the Rivers State, Justice Peter Agumagu, has dragged the National Judicial Council, NJC, before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, challenging his suspension by the NJC.

Agumagu is asking the court to restrain members of an investigation panel set up by the NJC to investigate allegations against him, from taking any further steps in respect of his case, pending the determination of his suit.

He is also challenging the threat by NJC to sack him as a judicial officer for accepting appointment as the substantive Chief Judge of Rivers State.
Defendants in the suit are the NJC, Justices Babatunde Adejumo, Jubril Idris and Comwell Idahosa, who are chairman and members of the NJC investigative panel.

The embattled CJ, who was given four days by the NJC to adduce reasons he should not be sacked, wants the court to grant him “an order of certiorari (judicial review) removing to this court for the purpose of being quashed, the query and letter of suspension from office of the applicant as a judicial officer, dated March 26, 2014 written by NJC.

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