NJC Hammers One of its Own

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has descended on one of its own,Wednesday, for professional misconduct.
The body said it has sanctioned Justice Ruth Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court of the agos division, for what NJC described as ‘misconduct.’
In a statement signed by NJC Acting Director, Information, Soji Oye, said the Judge has been placed on its “watch list”
According to the statement, the NJC’s decision, taken at its meeting on February 24 and 25, was informed by findings that the Judge was involved in misconduct and act of injustice by failing to deliver judgment in a pre-election case and delaying her decision until the expiration of the tenure of the person whose qualification for election was being challenged.
As part of her punishment, for the next four years, she will also not be considered for elevation to the Court of Appeal or included in any ad-hoc judicial appointment till her retirement from the Bench.
The penalties are said to take immediate effect.
The statement read in part, “The decision was sequel to the petition written against her by one Victoria Ayeni alleging misconduct and injustice on the part of Hon. Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia for failing to deliver judgment in Suit No. FHC/AB/CS/31/2011, a pre-election matter between Victoria A. A. Ayeni and Olusola Sonuga and 2 others.
“She was also alleged to have adjourned the pre-Election matter severally until the termination of the life span of the Ogun State House of Assembly.‎
“The National Judicial Council, Under the Chairmanship of Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed, GCON, at its Meeting which was held on the 24th and 25th February, 2016 decided to warn Hon. Justice Ruth Ofili-Ajumogobia and also put her on the ‘watch-list’ of the Council for the next four years.
The Honourable Judge will also not be considered for any elevation to the Court of Appeal or any ad-hoc judicial appointment till her retirement from the bench.”

Author: News Editor

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