By Bayo Sipasi
Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, the Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Zamfara State, has accused the National Judicial Council (NJC) of shielding a judge that was accused of engaging in acts of judicial misconduct.
Shinkafi decried that the council, under the leadership of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN) Justice Tanko Muhammad, failed to act on a petition that was lodged against a Zamfara State High Court Judge he said misconducted himself and assumed jurisdiction over a political case marked ZMS/GS/52/2018, which pertained to the March 9 governorship election.
He said though his petition was received by the office of the Acting CJN on February 26, he said the NJC abandoned its investigation midway and referred the case back to the Chief Judge of Zamfara State for settlement.
He said the decision for the matter to be returned to Zamfara State was taken by the Acting CJN and communicated to him via a letter that was signed by Secretary of the NJC, Mr. Gambo Saleh.
However, Shinkafi, dissatisfied with the action of the NJC, wrote a letter to the Acting CJN, conveying his dismay that such attempt was made to sweep issues he raised before the legal body, under the carpet. “With utmost respect to Your Lordship, my complaint against Justice Bello Shinkafi was not on administrative grounds that the Chief Judge may have the leverage of interfering, the complaint was against a Judicial Officer who did not only misuse his power as a judge but drastically summersaulted and made fun of the whole judicial process and adjudicative procedures,” he wrote.