The National Judicial Council (NJC) has cleared Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court of allegations of misconduct made against him by the proscribed Ahmed Markafi led Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on his judgement which recognized the Ali Modu Sheriff exco as the authentic leadership organ of the party.
The allegation of misconduct was contained in a petition to the NJC written by individuals in the Senator Ahmed Makarfi proscribed faction of the PDP.
The NJC’s clearance of Justice Abang is contained in a letter dated March 17 and signed by its Secretary, Danladi Halilu, issued by the council after investigating allegations in the petition.
The NJC, in the letter said it found no merit in the petition against Justice Abang.
NJC said it deliberated on the petition at its meeting held on February 23, 2017 and found no merit in the petitions.
It added that it proceeded to dismiss the petition after Justice Abang reacted to it.
The NJC in the letter with reference number NJC/ F.3/FHC 44/VII/55 said: “At the end of deliberations, the council found that your petition finds no merit as there was no sufficient material before the NJC to infer that the judge sat on appeal over the decision of his brother judge of coordinate jurisdiction.
“The appeal therefore lacked merit and is subsequently dismissed”.