Federal Government says the National Judicial Council (NJC) lied for accusing it of frustrating the ”proper appeal” process of the recently recalled judges.
The NJC had issued a statement last week to justify the recall of the judges who have hanging cases of misconduct.
Director of Information of NJC, Soji Oye, said in the statement that the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation had on two occasions – April 18 and April 21- shunned invitations by Abuja High Court for settlement of records of appeal which if it had done, would have elevated the notices of appeal of the judges.
However, in a statement issued on Monday, Okoi Obono-Obla, Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution, said some assertions made by the NJC on the issue were false.
In fact, with the filing of additional notice of appeal on June 6, the registrar now has additional 60 days terminating on or about August 6, to settle and transmit the record of appeal.
It is only if, and when, the registrar fails to compile and transmit the record within 60 days effective from June 6, that the appellant may step in to so do within additional 30 days.
According to him, the NJC cannot feign ignorance of the rules of the court it supervises and the assertion that it is a total of 45 days that is allowed for compilation of record of appeal in all circumstances is false.