The National Judicial Council has recommended the compulsory retirement of Justice Gladys Olotu of a Federal High Court, Abuja and Justice U. A Inyang of the FCT High Court. The apex disciplinary body for the Nigerian judiciary took disciplinary action against the justices for gross misconduct.
Findings conducted by the council revealed that Justice Olotu failed to deliver Judgment in a case at the appropriate time only to deliver it eighteen months after the adoption of final address by all the counsel in the suit in contravention of the constitutional provisions that judgments should be delivered within a period of 90 days.
Mr. Soji Oye, the NJC’s Acting Director (Information) pointed out in a statement that “the Hon. Judge admitted before the Fact Finding Committee of the Council that investigated the allegations, that she forgot she had a pending Ruling to deliver in an application for Joinder, and that the Judge entertained a post Judgment matter in Suit No. FHC/UY/CS/250/2003 in Port Harcourt after delivering Judgment, which made her functus officio”.
The Council also made it known that in another case with Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/505/2012, Justice Olotu failed to deliver judgment twice.
In his own case, the Council found that Justice Inyang included in his Judgment, references to the Garnishee Proceedings, which came after the Judgment had been delivered on 20th December, 2011 and also included the name of a counsel who came into the matter after the judgment was delivered.
The Council also found that the Judge recklessly signed a Writ of Execution, a day after delivering his judgment on the same day a Notice of Appeal and Motion on Notice for Stay of Execution were filed and that the Judge continued with the Garnishee Proceedings despite application for Stay of Execution.
The NJC also noted that before delivering his Judgment on 20th December, 2011, that the judge ignored a properly filed Motion on Notice for leave to file additional witness Statement on Oath. These conducts contravene the judges’ oath of office.
Apart from the two justices who were axed, the NJC has also issued warning letters to Justice Dalhatu Adamu, the Presiding Justice of Court of Appeal Kaduna Division, Justice A. A. Adeleye of Ekiti state High Court and Justice D. O. Amaechina of the Anambra state High court.
Justice Dalhatu Adamu was cautioned for deliberately absenting himself from duty, which is an act of gross misconduct contrary to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Code of Conduct of Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Justice Adeleye and Justice Amaechina were cautioned over their very low performance and decline in productivity.