The Judicial Service Commission in Nasarawa State has suspended Chief Magistrate Vincent W. Gwahemba following allegations of bribery and abuse of power.
The suspension was officially communicated through a letter dated January 30, 2024, and required the magistrate to respond within 24 hours to the charges levelled against him.
According to the letter, the suspension was effective immediately and would remain in place pending the investigation into the misconduct charges.
The directive mandated Gwahemba to appear before the Judicial Commission at a later date, which will be communicated, to present his side of the story regarding the allegations.
The charge against the chief magistrate, as outlined in complaint number S/JSC/AD/OFF/12/VOL. XV/XXX, was filed by a senior lawyer, J.S. Okutepa, SAN.
The complaint, addressed to the Chief Registrar of the state’s High Court of Justice, accuses Gwahemba of gross misconduct, bias, and delivering a ruling that led to the unlawful detention of a suspect without justification.
This suspension is reminiscent of a similar incident in 2021 when the Judicial Service Commission, JSC, in Nasarawa State took action against two senior officers over allegations of misconduct.
At that time, Abdullahi Ahmed-Sani, Chief Registrar of the High Court of Justice, and Edward Ali-Liman, Deputy Chief Registrar (Personnel), were suspended pending investigations into their conduct.