Misconduct: Anti-graft group asks Kogi CJ to step down
A group , the Anti - Corruption and Research- Based Data Initiative, has asked the Kogi State Chief Judge , Justice Nasiru Ajanah , to step down from office to enable security agencies to conduct a proper investigation into the allegations against him .
ARDI threatened to take further steps against the CJ if he failed to heed its call , noting that the National Judicial Commission had failed to address the substance of the allegations against Ajanah , who was indicted for gross misconduct by the Kogi State House of Assembly.
The assembly had in its recommendation asked the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello , to sack the CJ following his indictment .
ARDI Executive Secretary, Chief Dennis Aghanya, who addressed journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, accused the NJC of giving the embattled Chief Judge what it described as a soft landing.
The activist , who wrote the petition which led to the suspension and eventual prosecution of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, accused the NJC of settling “a dangerous precedent, ” adding that it sent a similar recommendation to President Muhammadu Buhari on the former CJN which the President disregarded .
Aghanya said , “The Kogi State House of Assembly has statutorily done the needful by investigating the report (of gross misconduct against Ajanah ) and aligned itself with the state Auditor - General .
“ It is on the basis of this that we are calling on the NJC to ask the State Chief Judge to step aside and allow the necessary agencies to investigate the matter and do the needful.
“ Failure to address our petition after seven days would compel us to graduate into the next level of action. ”
The group accused the NJC of delaying the investigation into Ajanah ’ s matter, and frowned on “the pattern the NJC seemed to be adopting in cases brought before it against serving judges . ”
ARDI noted, “We consider this pattern of soft landing as dangerous precedence by the NJC . It should learn to call a spade a spade so that justice can actually be seen to be dispensed. ”