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Judicial commission recalls three magistrates over ‘gross abuse of duties’

The Kano State Judicial Service Commission has taken disciplinary actions against Chief Magistrate, Talatu Makama, Senior Magistrate, Rabi Abdulkadir, and Senior Registrar, Abdu Nasir of Appeal section, High Court, Kano.

Makama of magistrate court No 29, Abdulkadir of magistrate court No 48, and Nasir of Appeal section, High Court of Kano were all accused of gross abuse of duties and judicial recklessness.

The commission relieved Makama of all judicial duties with immediate effect and applied same to Abdulkadir for a period of one calendar year.

A release signed by spokesperson of the Kano Judiciary, Baba Jibo, disclosed that the commission adopted the recommendations of the JPCC, sequel to the findings of the Judiciary Public Complaints Committee (JPCC) in respect to three petitions filed and investigated against Chief Magistrate Talatu Makama.

The statement reads; “Chief Magistrate Talatu Makama is recalled from the bench and relieved of all judicial duties effective immediately.

“Following the review of the circumstance surrounding the handling of the case between Commissioner of Police Vs Abubakar Salisu, by Rabi Abdulkadir, Senior Magistrate Court No. 48, the Commission found the actions of the Senior Magistrate to amount to judicial recklessness and therefore the Commission has resolved to recall the Magistrate and relieved her from judicial duties for a period of one calendar year. She has been instructed to cease all duties at Magistrate Court No. 48”.

Jibo noted that the JSC also considered the investigation report on the alleged misconduct of Senior Registrar, Abdu Nasir of the Appeals Department of the High Court.

He said that Mr. Nasir received payments of fees meant for court records into his personal account, which constitutes serious misconduct. Consequently, the commission issued a strong warning to Abdu Nasir and deferred his promotion for one year.