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NJC sacks 3 judges for judicial misconduct

Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, who has been under investigation by the National Judicial Council, NJC, has been sacked following allegations of judicial misconduct and perversion of justice levelled against him by the Civil Society Network Against Corruption, CSNAC.

Elombah,com has learnt that the NJC met on Thursday and Friday to consider several allegations of judicial misconduct by Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court, Justice Olamide Falahanmi Oloyede of the Osun High Court, and an unnamed judge from Benue State.

At the end of its deliberations, the NJC decided that the three judges deserved to be dismissed for acts of gross misconduct.

CSNAC had, in a petition lodged before the NJC headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, on December 15, 2015, raised sundry allegations against the judge, including the fact that he repeatedly issued perpetual injunctions that stopped the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from prosecuting cases. 

Over three months after the petition was filed, the NJC finally succumbed to pressure and queried the judge on March 16.

Justice Yunusa also had numerous petitions accusing him of receiving kickbacks and bribes. He was also accused of writing and delivering two different judgments in one case, Elombah.com was told.

Justice Yunusa had been in the public eye after federal prosecutors commenced the prosecution of a well-known lawyer, Rickey Tarfa, as well as other persons accused of bribing judges. Justice Yunusa was named as the major recipient of bribes from Mr. Tarfa, whose trial is ongoing.

The judge became notorious for granting injunctions aimed at stopping law enforcement agencies from carrying out their investigative duties, especially in cases related to corruption by major public figures.

“We found out that Justice Mohammed Yunusa basically committed acts that amounted to subversion of the course of justice,” an NJC source told an online news website.

Justice Oloyede, a female judge in Osun State, was also sacked by the NJC. In 2015, Ms. Oloyede caused a scandal when, as a serving judge, she petitioned the Osun State House of Assembly urging them to impeach Governor Rauf Aregbesola whom she accused of corruption.

The NJC sources said the judges were dismissed after an exhaustive investigation determined that they were guilty of various acts of grave misconduct.

CSNAC stated: “The grant of the orders of mandatory and perpetual injunctions by Justice Yunusa against Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions, EFCC, is a grave departure from the established principles as laid down by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, which are binding on the Federal High Court, being a lower court.

“Honorable Justice Yunusa, by the grant of these orders, has stripped EFCC of its constitutional powers as a law enforcement agency, as well its powers under the enabling law, the Economic and Financial Crimes (Establishment) Act, LFN 2004, a federal legislation. It is also a gross abuse of his powers as a judicial officer.” Дизельные электрогенераторы technobaltic.lt Насосы для воды

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