The NJC says judges accused of high-profile corruption cannot be performing judicial functions at the same time.
This was contained in a statement made available to Pulse by NJC's spokesman, Soji Eyo (Esq) at the end of its 79th Council meeting on Thursday, November 3, 2016, in Abuja.
Headed by Justice E. O. Ayoola, a retired Supreme Court Judge, the transparency and anti-corruption policy implementation committee stated that the move was to ensure transparency and eliminate corruption in the judiciary.
The statement reads:
"Council has decided that judicial officers shall not be standing trial for alleged corruption and be performing judicial functions at the same time.
"Council, however, decided that it would ensure that judicial officers who are been investigated alleged high-profile criminal offences do not perform judicial functions until their cases are concluded.
"Section 6 of the National Judicial Council policy aims at putting in place multifaceted strategies and guidelines that would ensure transparency and eliminate corruption in the judiciary."
The Department of State Services (DSS) had raided homes of seven judges on October 7 and 8 on allegations of corruption, including bribery and perversion of justice.
The Judges are: Inyang Okoro (Supreme Court), Sylvester Ngwuta (Supreme Court), Adeniyi Ademola (Federal High Court, Abuja), Kabir Auta (Kano High Court), Mu’azu Pindiga (Gombe High Court), Mohammed Tsamiya (Court of Appeal, Ilorin), Justice I. A. Umezulike (Chief Judge of Enugu State).