The House of Representatives has moved to reduce the power of the President in the sack of judges, Vanguard reports.
In this direction, the House has called for the involvement of National Judicial Council ,NJC, in the procedure for the removal of head of courts to avoid victimisation by the executive.
This was contained in a Bill, entitled An act to pursuant to Section 9(1) and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) to alter Section 292 (1) (A) and (i) (ii) to include the National Judicial Council in the procedure for the removal of heads of courts established by the Constitution under Section 6 (5), promoted by Garba Datti Muhammad, APC, Kaduna.
Before now, the NJC can only recommend an erring judge to the President, but if the Bill is eventually passed, the body would be involved in the discipline or removal of any erring judge.
Meanwhile the NJC has has officially reacted to the raid at judges’ residences by operatives of the State security Service over the weekend, describing the operation as the height of impunity according to News24.
In a statement after its two-day meeting Thursday, the NJC condemned the operation as an attempt to intimidate the judiciary.
It denied shielding corrupt judges, and provided details of exchanges it had with the SSS regarding corruption in the judiciary.