Gambia Bar Association (GBA) has filed an action against the Attorney General
and Minister of Justice, and the Judicial Service Commission over the
re-appointment of four Nigerian High Court judges.
judges are Justice Edward E.Ogar, Justice Martias O. Agboola, Justice Simeon
A.Abi and Justice Martins U.Okoi.
Gambia Bar Association claimed that the appointments of the Judges are not in
line with the constitution of the Republic of The Gambia 1997.
sources revealed that the suit seeks to challenge the appointments and an order
quashing their appointments.
could be recalled that these four Nigerian High Court judges - Justice Edward
E. Ogar, Justice Martias O. Agboola, Justice Simeon A. Abi and Justice Martins
U. Okoi - were among several other judges that had their contract renewed late
last year for January to December 2017 but as a result of the political impasse
that gripped the country, some of the judges travelled out of the country.
after the political impasse, some of the judges returned to resume work but
were informed to hold on pending the swearing in of the new Chief Justice as
the erstwhile Chief Justice who facilitated the renewal of the judges had
resigned few days before former President Jammeh left the country.
the new Chief Justice was sworn in and assumed office, the judges did not
resume work as there were reports that some members of the Gambia Bar
Association (GBA) would not appear before any foreign judge if they were
sources disclosed that the appointments of judges are done in consultation with
the Judicial Service Commission and not with the Gambia Bar Association, citing
sections 138 and 145 of the 1997 constitution of The Gambia.