The National Judicial Council (NJC) yesterday rejected the accusation made against it by the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay, that the judiciary was not in support of the current administration’s anti-corruption war.
It insisted that its recent decision to recall the six judges suspended in the wake of their investigation for corruption allegation by the Department of State Services (DSS) was in order.
The NJC said in a statement that the Judiciary was in full support of the administration’s efforts to curb corrupt practices in the country and would continue to do so within the ambit of the law.
The council’s Director of Information, Soji Oye, who signed the statement also dismissed claim by the Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla, that the federal government has appealed the acquittal of Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court.
It said investigation by its officials revealed that there was no valid appeal filed yet against the April 5 ruling by Justice Jude Okeke of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) acquitting Justice Ademola, his wife and a lawyer, Joe Agi (SAN).
Justice Okeke had, in the ruling, upheld the no-case submission by Justice Ademola and his co-defendants, charged with corruption related offences.
The NJC expressed regret that the Executive was not cooperating with the judiciary in cases of judges that have been recommended for either sack or compulsory retirement.