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Chief Magistrate Slaps Lawyer, 2 Others in Kebbi

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Khadijat Saidu, Birnin Kebbi

A Chief Magistrate in the Kebbi State Judiciary, Umar Salihu-Kokami has slapped a lawyer and two other persons.

The Kebbi State High Court has set up an administrative panel to investigate allegations of alleged misconduct against the Chief Magistrate.

This is contained in a statement by the Chief Registrar, Kebbi High Court, Hussaini Abdullahi-Zuru issued in Birnin Kebbi on Friday.

Abdullahi-Zuru added that Salihu-Kokani of Chief Magistrate Court III, Birnin Kebbi was recalled to the headquarters for judicial misconduct.

He said: “There was an allegation of gross and judicial misconduct against him by the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice that on September 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 Higher 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.”

Another Chief Magistrate, Mustapha Umar-Maccido, has also been found to have absconded from duty.

“Chief Magistrate Mustapha Umar-Maccido was reasonably suspected to have absconded from his duty post at Magistrates Court,in Kalgo, since September 2022, after the expiration of his two weeks casual leave.

“He was alleged to have been in private practice in other jurisdictions even though he is a serving Chief Magistrate.

“Accordingly, he is hereby suspended pending the report of an Administrative Committee set up to investigate the matter,” the Chief Registrar said.

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