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Alleged corrupt practice: NJC clears Justice Dimgba

By Philip Nwosu

The National Judicial Council of Nigeria, yesterday, said it has exonerated Justice Nnamdi O. Dimgba of all the allegations levelled against him by the Department of State Services (DSS).

The Council, in a letter addressed to Justice Dimgba of the Federal High Court Abuja, and made available to Daily Sun, said, at its meeting held on February 23, 2017, it considered the petition brought by one Ahmed Ahmed on behalf of the DSS against Justice Dimgba.

It said, in the letter signed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC), Justice Walter Onnoghen, at the end of the deliberations, the council accepted the decision of the committee that the petitioner was unable to prove that Justice Dimgba acted contrary to the revised code of conduct for judicial officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The NJC said DSS, who was the petitioner, was unable to establish any corrupt practice against Justice Dimgba, “but, rather, withdrew the allegations.”

The letter titled “Re: Corrupt practices and professional misconduct by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of Abuja Division of the Federal High Court,” reads in part: “The report of the Committee set up by the National Judicial Council, under the Chairmanship of Justice  B.A. Adejumo (OFR), following the petitions dated August 5, 2016, written against you by  Mr. Ahmed Ahmed on behalf of the Director General of Department of State Services (DSS), was considered by the Council, at its meeting held on February 23, 2017.

“At the end of deliberation, council accepted the findings of the aforesaid committee that petitioner was unable to prove that you misconducted yourself or acted contrary to the Revised Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that the petitioner was unable to establish any act of corrupt practice against you, but rather withdrew the allegation.

“Consequently, council decided to exonerate you of all the allegations levelled against you by the petitioner.”

Justice Dimgba was one of the judges the DSS swooped on during its sting operations of 2016. His home was raided a day after he had berated the DSS in court.

The homes of some judges across the country were also raided by the DSS on allegations of corruption.

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