~ Warns of severe consequences
Adamawa State Chief Judge, Justice Nathan Musa has frowned at the illegal deduction of 10 percentage of judgement sums by area court judges, upper area court judges and magistrates in the state saying such practice is illegal.
In a letter dated July 5, signed by Christopher D. Mapeo, on behalf of the C.J, Musa said anyone found wanton in contravening the order will face severe sanctions.
“It has come to the notice of the Hon. Chief Judge of the Adamawa State Judiciary, Hon. Justice Nathan Musa that some area court judges, upper area court judges and magistrates deduct 10 percentage or lesser percentage on all judgement sums obtained in their courts including distribution of estate before them.
“This practice having been illegal, the Hon. Chief Judge has directed that henceforth such practice is to cease.
“All lower court judges/magistrates are advised to desist from such illegal act or disciplinary measures shall be taken against any judicial officer found wanton.
“The general public to take note and report such illegal practice to the office of the chief judge,” the statement said.
The dubious practice by magistrates and area court judges on judgement sums has lingered for a long ago making the practice the become the norm rather the exception to the chagrin of hapless victims.