… NJC Rejects Candidature
…Calls For Fresh Applicants
Imo State Choice of justice Agugua to be made the substantive Chief Judge of Imo State appears to have hit a brick wall as the National Judicial Council (NJC) a body responsible for recommendation of Justice in Nigeria was said to have rejected the nomination of the said Agugua by the Imo State Government.
Justice Agugua whose acting capacity as the Chief Judge in Imo elapsed June 13th was said to have been nominated to the NJC through the State Judicial Service Commission for a substantive Chief Judge in Imo was rejected by the NJC.
Although the reasons for the rejection of Agugua’s candidature by the NJC even when she is the oldest judge in the state amongst other qualifications at the time of filing this report, information reaching the Lead revealed that it may not be out of the avalanche of petitions against her appointment as the Chief Judge which are before the NJC and other concerned judicial bodies.
However, with the rejection of Agugua, the Imo State Government is now expected to send another name or names to the NJC for a possible recommendation as Chief Judge of the State.
The implication of Agugua’s rejection implies that Imo State at the moment has no substantive Chief Judge as well as acting since the constitution provides that at the three months expiration of Acting capacity, the same person cannot be re-appointed in the acting capacity by the governor.
Available information to Lead revealed that one of the reasons behind the non working of High Court in Imo is hinged on the absence of a Chief Judge in the state who section 274 of the constitution empowers to issue directives of practice in the High Courts.
A source from the Government House revealed to Lead that Imo State Government has begun to search for a replacement to send to NJC for Justice Agugua.