Nigeria’s Judiciary Redeploys Controversial Justices Okon Abang, Mohammed Liman, Others

Justices Abang and Liman

The Oasis Reporters

09 January, 2017

Controversial Justices Mohammed Liman in Port Harcourt and Justice Okon Abang in Abuja divisions have been redeployed by the leadership of the Federal High Court.

While justice Liman was moved to Enugu division, Justice Abang was transferred to Asaba division. Both judges are among the 11 justices recently redeployed by the FHC.

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, who endorsed the redeployment of Justices Liman, Abang and nine others, was silent on the reason for the movement. He mainly attributed it to “the recent developments in the court.”

The circular said the postings would not affect the criminal cases the redeployed judges are currently handling.

It said: “In view of the fact some divisions are currently short of judges following the recent developments in the court, it has become necessary to take urgent steps to fill in existing vacancies.

“Affected judges are expected to resume in their new divisions by January 30, 2017. The judges shall continue with the hearing of criminal cases currently before them, [if] at least two witnesses have testified.”

Others affected include Justice S. Saidu (moved from Lagos to Port Harcourt); Justice A.O Faji (from Asaba to Lagos); Justice R. M Aikawa (Sokoto to Lagos); Justice B.O Quadri (from Port Harcourt to Abuja); Justice Mallong Hoommuk (from Port Harcourt to Lafia).

Also moved are, Justice K.K Dagat (from Lagos to Kano); Justice Saleh Idrissa (Kano to Sokoto); Justice H.I.O Oshomah (from Lafia to Port Harcourt) and Justice J.K Omotosho) from Kano to Port Harcourt.

Justice Liman gave the judgment that accentuated the leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), when he recognised the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee as the authentic body to run the affairs of the party.

Justice Abang gave the judgment which sacked Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu last year. The appellate court reversed the decision.

Justice Abang also gave the judgment on which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) based his decision to substitute Eyitayo Jegede with Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of the PDP during last February’s governorship election in Ondo State.

Justice Abang is the trial judge in major criminal cases including those involving ex-spokesman of the PDP, Olisa Metuh; ex-Chief of Defence Staff Alex Badeh and former governor of Adamawa State Murtala Nyako.

Meanwhile, EFCC have questioned two former GMDs and three former EDs of the NNPC over their roles in the transfer of $153m to some banks

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Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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