An administrative panel to investigate allegations of misconduct against two Chief Magistrates in the state has been set up by Kebbi High Court.
It was reported that Umar Salihu-Kokami, a Chief Magistrate, had slapped a lawyer and two other persons, while Mustapha Umar-Maccido another Chief Magistrate was alleged to have absconded from duty.
In a statement issued by Hussaini Abdullahi-Zuru, Chief Registrar, Kebbi High Court explained that Salihu-Kokami had been moved to headquarters while Umar-Maccido would proceed on suspension.
The statement explained that the act took place at the premises of Chief Magistrate Court I, Birnin Kebbi, stressing that he was assigned to take over a case against some Ministry of High Education staff.
The statement read in part: “There was an allegation of gross and judicial misconduct against him by the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, that on Sept. 12, he slapped a State Counsel, Abdullahi Bawa Dan Bauchi and two other persons.
“The act took place at the premises of Chief Magistrate Court I, Birnin Kebbi, which he was assigned to take over a case against some staff of the Ministry of High Education.
“Accordingly, the office of the Chief Registrar hereby directs his recall to the headquarters, pending the outcome of the report of an Administrative Committee set up to investigate the matter.”
“Chief Magistrate Mustapha Umar-Maccido was reasonably suspected of having absconded from his duty post, Chief Magistrates Court, Kalgo, since Sept. 2022, after the expiration of his two weeks casual leave.
“He has been suspended pending an Administrative Committee’s report to investigate the matter, Salihu-Kokani of Chief Magistrates’ Court III, Birnin Kebbi, was recalled to the headquarters for judicial misconduct”.
The statement added that the suspended Chief Magistrate was alleged to have been in private practice in other jurisdictions even though he is a serving Chief Magistrate.
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