NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION, ABA BRANCH CALLS FOR A STOP OF THE PROCESS OF JUDGES APPOINTMENT IN ABIA STATE FOR FAILURE TO FOLLOW DUE PROCESS.

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We have the honour and privilege to invite your esteemed attention to the attached resolution of the Nigerian Bar Association, ABA Branch on the above matter.

It is our earnest, but humble expectation that you will, in accordance with the dictates of Bar Bench relationship, give weight to the resolution by yielding to the terms of the resolution.

WHEREAS:

  • 1 There is an ongoing process for the appointment v of additional new Judges into the Abia State Judiciary which commenced on 28th September, 2021 with an examination of the applicants on legal knowledge.
  • 2 There are several reports on improper dealings concerning the said process which raise various genuine concerns in legal and public circles in the transparency of the process.
  • 3 For first in living memory a law suit was file to challenge the said process of appointment and seeking to abort same
  • 4 After a consideration of the facts in the public domain and appropriate official responses in a similar situations showing that an official process is flawed for any of several reasons, it is hereby resolved as follows:
  • RESOLUTIONS:
  • 1 That the ongoing process of appointment of new judges in Abia State ought to be stopped in accordance with settled international and domestic best practices.
  • 2 That the Abia State Judiciary is in urgent need of additional judicial hands but transparency and adherence to settled practices should not be sacrificed.
  • 3 That the non-statutory members of the judicial service commission, Abia State should not be further involved in the process of the appointment as their tenure is virtually at an end in order to allow for a situation where new members, upon appointment, will join the end in order to allow for a situation where members, upon appointment, will join the statutory members to commence and conclude an entirely new process of appointment.
  • 4 This resolution shall be served on the Chief Judge of Abia State in his capacity as the chairman of the judicial service commission and the attorney general and commissioner for justice in his capacity as a statutory member of the judicial service commission.

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