Nigeria redeploys 11 judges

Justice Okon Abang
Justice Okon Abang

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Ibrahim Auta, has approved the redeployment of 11 judges of various divisions of the court.

Justice Okon Abang of the Abuja Division, who has handled several controversial cases, and Justice Mohammed Liman of the Port Harcourt Division, who was among the judges arrested by the State Security Services in October last year, are among the judges affected.

In a circular dated December 21, 2016 and addressed to “All Judges of Federal High Court,” Mr. Liman was redeployed from Port Harcourt to Enugu Division, while Mr. Abang was redeployed from Abuja to Asaba Division in Delta State.

According to Punch Newspapers, the circular directed the affected judges to resume at their new stations by January 30.

The Chief Judge gave “the recent developments in the court” as the reason for the posting.

“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”, it read in part.

“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, as well as at least two witnesses have testified.”

Other judges affected include S. Saidu (Lagos to Port Harcourt); A.O. Faji (Asaba to Lagos); R. M. Aikawa (Sokoto to Lagos); B.O. Quadri (Port Harcourt to Abuja); and Mallong Hoommuk (Port Harcourt to Lafia).

Others are K.K. Dagat (Lagos to Kano); Saleh Idrissa (Kano to Sokoto); H.I. Oshomah (Lafia to Port Harcourt) and Justice J.K. Omotosho (Kano to Port Harcourt).


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  • emmanuel

    Okon Abang is done with his dirty jobs and has now been sent to Siberia. Just like Jimmy Obazee of the FRCN.

    • Ubong

      Why is this okon abang still presiding over people cases, despite unfavourable comment on his professional integrity by the body of his professional and some professional colleagues. Why is it that some people in position of authority is treated differently. If this highly biased okon abang was a junior civil servant committing this damaging blunders on his joback. I don’t think he will still be working. Corruption war must not be selective and corruption is not only about money but about character of Nigerians in position of authority.

  • Hamza

    So Liman is innocent?

  • Scatter

    The Premium Times (PT) states above as follows:

    “Justice Okon Abang of the Abuja Division, who has handled several controversial cases, and Justice Mohammed Liman of the Port Harcourt Division, who was among the judges arrested by the State Security Services in October last year, are among the judges affected.”

    It is manifestly false that Justice Liman “was among the judges arrested by the State Security Services in October last year”. The SSS vainly tried to arrest his fellow judge and residential neighbour during the nationwide night raids and arrests of some judges in October 2016. The SSS did not on that night even visit the residence of Justice Liman, who was present throughout the night in his residence, which also is neighbouring the SSS State HQ; and the Service has neither questioned nor even sought to question him over any matter ever since.

    Instead of repeatedly misinforming its readers, the PT should, therefore, do a proper investigation of the matter and not carelessly smear and libel an individual who by virtue of his job is not in a position to speak with the media. In this vein, I urge the PT to challenge the SSS to contradict what I said above in an official statement, not by way of claims by ‘reliable’ but anonymous SSS sources.