2 judges sanctioned following petition against them

A statement by the Acting Director of Information to National Judicial Council (NJC), Soji Oye, on Sunday, disclosed that the NJC had recommended the compulsory retirement of two high court judges.

The judges – Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Enugu Division of the Federal High Court and Justice Olamide Oloyede of the Osun State High Court – were recommended for retirement for various acts of judicial misconduct.

The statement from the NJC noted that the body, headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, took the decision at its 77th meeting held on Friday.

The statement reads: “In the meantime, the National Judicial Council, in the exercise of its disciplinary powers under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, has suspended Hon. Justice M. N. Yunusa and Hon Justice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede from office pending the approval of the recommendation of the Council for their compulsory retirement by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and Governor Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola of Osun State respectively.”

The NJC noted that Justice Yunusa’s decision to restrain anti-graft agencies from investigating former minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, contravened the judgement of the Court of Appeal in A.G. Anambra State Vs. UBA which he quoted but did not apply in his rulings.

Yunusa also violated Section 46 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended).

“Hon. Justice Mohammed Nasiru Yunusa was recommended for compulsory retirement from Office to President Muhammadu  Buhari, GCFR, pursuant to the ‘findings’ by the Council following the allegations contained in the petitions written against him by the Civil Society Network Against Corruption that His Lordship granted interim orders and perpetual injunctions, restraining the Attorney General of the Federation, the Inspector-General of Police, the Independent Corruption practices and related offences Commission and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from arresting, investigating and prosecuting some persons accused of corruption in the following 7 cases”

On the case of Justice Oloyede, the NJC said her petition against Governor Rauf Aregbesola was calculated to incite the people of the state against the government.

“The Hon. Judge failed to conduct herself in such a manner as to preserve the dignity of her office and impartiality and independence of the Judiciary when she wrote  a petition against the Osun State Governor and his deputy to the members of the State House of Assembly and circulated same to 36 persons/organisations.”

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