The Body of Benchers (BoB) has discredited a report alleging it has begun probing the secretary of the National Judicial Council (NJC) over alleged fraudulent activity in building the body’s secretariat.
BoB secretary Daniel Tela said in a statement that the report is false.
According to Tela, the BoB which is headed by Wole Olanipekun (SAN) lacks the jurisdiction to carry out such investigation.
He said, “The attention of the Body of Benchers has been drawn to an online publication by the CITY LAWYER alleging that the Body of Benchers is investigating the Secretary of the National Judicial Council, Ahmed Gambo Saleh, Esq on payments made to a Contractor.
“Consequently, I am directed to make necessary clarification to the effect that, at no point did the Body of Benchers cause an investigation to be carried out against the Secretary of the National Judicial Council as reported. Indeed, the Body of Benchers does not have the jurisdiction to carry out such an investigation.”
The statement described the report that the body will at its meeting slated for September 29, 2022 discuss the report of a committee on the subject, as unfounded and incorrect.