Street Journal’s findings have revealed that Justice Lawal Hassan Gummi, the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory has turned in his resignation letter. Indications emerged that he has also forwarded a letter bordering on voluntary retirement to the Presidency while his resignation as the Chief Judge was forwarded to the National Judicial Council (NJC) as well as the Federal Judicial Committee.
The CJ, who incidentally has some petitions against him before the NJC has been appointed as the Emir of Gummi in Zamfara State. He was appointed to replace the late Emir, Alhaji Aliyu Abara who died last Wednesday.
Justice Gummi was born in Talatan Mafara in Gummi Local Government Area of Zamfara State in 1950 and he was appointed a judge of the FCT High Court in 1988. He became the Chief Judge and Chairman of the FCT Judicial Service Committee in 2004.
Findings revealed that a coalition of over 150 anti-corruption organizations under the umbrella of Civil Society Network Against Corruption, CSNAC had sent a petition to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, calling for the immediate sack of Justice Gummi. One of the allegations levelled against him in the petition was that he mismanaged funds appropriated to the High Court.
CSNAC also referred the National Judicial Council to page 202 of a a book “The Accidental Public Servant”, recently published by former FCT Minister, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai. In a petition signed by the Chairman of the group, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju, it was stated that “”Mallam Nasir el-Rufai stated in his book that in appreciation of the support offered the FCT judiciary (under Chief Judge, Justice Lawal Hassan Gummi) during his tenure as Minister of the FCT, he Mallam el-Rufai decided to budget an annual grant to support the judiciary.”