The National Judicial Council (NJC) on Wednesday said Justice Abba-Aji had no pending corruption case to disqualify her from being appointed to the Supreme court’s bench.
The council is reacting to a call by the Civic Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) on President Muhammadu Buhari not to approve the appointment of Justice Uwani Musa Abba-Aji, to the Supreme Court’s bench.
The NJC had at in its 87th meeting chaired by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on October 3 and 4, recommended Abba-Aji, currently serving on the Court of Appeal bench, to Buhari for appointment as a Justice of the Supreme Court.
But CSNAC, through its chairman, Lanre Suraji, had specifically urged Buhari not to forward Abba-Aji’s name to the Senate for confirmation on the basis that she was under corruption investigation by security agencies for allegedly accepting a bribe from a senior lawyer who is currently facing trial in court.
But, the NJC in a statement by its Director of Information, Soji Oye, said that contrary to CSNAC’s claim, Justice Abba-Aji had no pending corruption case.
However, the council recalled that Justice Abba-Aji was among the eight judicial officers whom the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), in 2016, requested the NJC to suspend pending the conclusion of pending criminal investigations against them.
But it noted that only three out of the eight judges were prosecuted by the AGF, and the rest, including Aba-Aji, were recalled.
It added that Justice Abba-Aji, had since been sitting as a Justice of the Court of Appeal and no new allegation had been levelled against her by any of the security agencies.