NJC clears Justice Dimgba of alleged misconduct

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has cleared Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja of allegations of corrupt practices and professional misconduct.

The clearance was contained in a letter entitled, “Re-corrupt practices and professional misconduct by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of Abuja Division of the Federal High Court” signed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the Council, Justice Walter Onnoghen and addressed to Justice Dimgba, a copy of which obtained by New Telegraph.

The letter, with reference number NJC/F.3/ FHC.96/1/214, was sent to Justice Dimgba through the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta. According to the letter, the council had set up a committee headed by the President of the Industrial Court, Justice Babatunde Adejumo to investigate a petition dated August 5, 2016 written by one Ahamed Ahmed on behalf of the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) against the judge.

The council, however, said that it accepted the findings of the committee that the petitioner was unable to prove that the judge misconducted himself or acted contrary to the Revised Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The council also said that from the reports of the investigation committee, the petitioner was unable to establish any act of corrupt practice against the judge.

However, the council, based on the reports of the committee, withdrew the allegation against the judge and consequently exonerated the judge of all allegations against him by the petitioner.

The letter, dated March 8, 2017 reads in part: “The report of the committee was considered by the council at its meeting which was held on 23rd February, 2017. “At the end of deliberation, Council accepted the findings of the aforesaid committee that the 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, please.”

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