The Nationwide Judicial Council stated on Friday that it had sanctioned a choose of Abia State Excessive Court docket, Justice Ugbo Ononogbo, and a counterpart within the Zamfara State Excessive Court docket, Justice Nasir Gunmi, for varied acts of misconduct.
In an announcement by its Appearing Director of Info, Mr. Soji Oye, the NJC stated it really useful Ononogbo for dismissal and Gunmi for obligatory retirement.
The NJC additionally issued a letter of “sturdy warning” to Justice D. O. Oluwayemi of the Lagos State Judiciary for granting an ex-parte order in Go well with No: LD/2393LMW/16 “counting on an affidavit of urgency which disclosed no risk of destruction of rights, or curiosity, in the subject material of the dispute with out placing the opposite celebration on discover.”
It additionally issued an analogous warning to Justice M. A. Savage of Excessive Court docket of Lagos State, “for holding dialogue with complainant’s counsel in Go well with No: LD/179/2000, which he had judicially acted upon, and for serving as a bridge between him and the opposite celebration’s counsel.”
Oye stated the NJC, below the chairmanship of the Appearing Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, took the selections at its 80th assembly held between December 14 and 15.
Ononogbo was stated to have made two orders in a probate case, whereas legal professionals and court docket officers concerned within the case ended up paying to the Probate Registry the sum of N83m as a substitute of N200m. Thus, the NJC stated it reached its resolution to dismiss the choose following its findings on a petition filed towards the choose by Mr. Urum Ifegwu.
Within the case of Justice Gunmi, the NJC really useful the choose to Zamfara State Governor, Abdul Aziz Yari Abubakar, for obligatory retirement for failing to ship Chiroma Vs Forte Oil Plc, nearly 23 months after the ultimate addresses by counsel.
Aside from recommending the dismissal of Justice Ononogbo to the Governor of Abia State, “the Council additionally really useful that the Hon. Decide, the Assistant Chief Registrar, Probate Division of Abia State Excessive Court docket, Udeka N. C., and E. M. Ojiako, Esq., be handed over to the police for investigation.”
“Council additionally determined to report E. M. Ojiako, Esq, to the Nigeria Bar Affiliation’s Disciplinary Committee for investigation and that Abia State Judicial Service Fee ought to take acceptable motion towards Udeka N. C., the Assistant Chief Registrar, Probate Division after investigation of the allegations,” the assertion acknowledged.
Justice Gunmi, on his half, was stated to have did not ship judgment in a case for 23 months in breach of the structure which offers for a restrict of 90 days.
The NJC stated the allegations towards Justices Ononogbo and Gunmi constituted misconduct opposite to Sections 294 (1) and (6) of the 1999 Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended and Guidelines three (i), 11(ii) and a couple of of the Nationwide Judicial Council Revised Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The sanctions imposed on the judges, in keeping with Oye, are with instant impact.