Mr. Gunmi has retired from the judiciary.
The National Judicial Council, NJC, Thursday, indicted Lawal Gumi, a former Chief Judge of High Court of FCT, Abuja, for interfering in a judgment in favour of the current Zamfara State Governor.
The NJC described the acts of Mr. Gumi, who is now retired, as “most unethical and highly reprehensible.”
“Council also accepted the recommendation of its investigation committee that Hon. Justice Gumi was guilty of gross misconduct contrary to rule 1(i) of the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which would have led to his removal from office,” the NJC said in a statement signed by Soji Oye, Acting Director, Information.
Mr. Gumi voluntarily retired last May, after the Council commenced investigations into allegations of corrupt practices against him, including one by Nestello Gateways Group.
After his retirement, Mr. Gumi approached an FCT High Court and sought to restrain the NJC from probing him on allegations of misconduct while in office.
In its petition, the company accused the judge of bias in halting an order of the court directing it to take possession of a property in Asokoro belonging to Abubakar Yari, the governor of Zamfara State.
The NJC said that it found Mr. Gumi, who is now the Emir of Gunmi in Zamfara State, guilty in interfering with execution of the judgment delivered by Justice Jude Okeke of the FCT High Court.
“Council, however, took cognizance of the fact that Hon. Justice Gumi has already voluntarily retired from service and consequently decided not to recommend his removal from office,” the NJC added.
The Council warned that, henceforth, similar misconduct by any judicial officer will be met with “severe sanctions.”
The Council further “warned” Justice M.A Onyetenu of the Federal High Court for granting an ex-parte order without hearing the pending suit between Charity Akah and Alpaca Price Nigeria Ltd.