President Buhari sacks two judges

Supreme Court of Nigeria

Following recommendations from the National Judicial Council (NJC), President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the compulsory retirement of Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court and the dismissal from office of Justice O.O Tokode of the Benin Division of the Federal High Court.

According to a statement by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the disciplinary actions on the two Justices are in pursuance of section 292 (1) (b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

Justice O.O. Tokode is also to refund all salaries and allowances earned illegally from December 2, 2015 when he was sworn-in as a Judge of the Federal High Court to date.

“The President urges judicial officers to be alive to their responsibilities and eschew corruption in the discharge of their duties,” Mr. Shehu said.

In a separate statement, also signed by Mr. Shehu, President Buhari said he has commenced “the process of ensuring that persons, judges and justices recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC) for appointment into various Courts of Record in the instant are fit and proper, and are not under any disability to function as Judicial Officers.”

“The President’s position is in furtherance of the executive powers vested in him under Section 5 of the 1999 Constitution, which allows him as the appointing authority to exercise same reasonably, taking all relevant factors into consideration,” the statement said.

“Nigerians are assured that President Buhari will issue his approval or otherwise as soon as the process of the background verification is completed.”

The NJC had at its meeting of December 6, 2017 recommended the compulsory retirement of Mr. Ademola and Mr. Tokode for professional misconducts.

The Council said Mr. Ademola who had forwarded his notice of retirement on October 10, 2017 to the Council against April 9, 2018, when he will attain the mandatory retirement age of 65 years was recommended for compulsory retirement from office pursuant to the findings by the Council on the allegation contained in the petition written against him by a group of eight persons under the name of Committee of Anambra State PDP House of Representatives members-elect alleging the following:-

· that His Lordship heard their Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/177/2015 which was adjourned for judgement on March 25, 2015;

· that on the adjourned date, His Lordship did not deliver the judgement but adjourned the case sine die, to await the decision of the Supreme Court on another matter on the same issue, on is the list of PDP candidates for Anambra State for the General Elections of 2015;

· that His Lordship speedily heard and delivered judgement in another case in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/254/2015 filed later on the same issues, with intent to confer undue advantage on the Plaintiff who is from a family with which the Respondent has relationship;

· that the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgement ultimately given to the petitioners contained a paragraph that was not read in open Court by the Hon. Judge and that a phrase was altered, all to address an issue raised in the appeal that had already been filed by the Petitioner before the issuance of Certified True Copy (C T C);

· that some of the reasoning and conclusions of the Hon. Judge were summersaults;

· that the Respondent finally delivered judgement in the case on 8th July, 2016, five (5) months after the Supreme Court delivered the judgement he was awaiting contrary to the Constitutional provisions that judgements should be delivered within a period of 90 days.

· Though the Petitioners withdrew their petitions in accordance with Regulation 16 of the National Judicial Council Judicial Discipline Regulations of 9th March, 2017, Council viewed His Lordship’s action of non-delivery of judgement within the stipulated time as misconduct contrary to Section 292 (1) (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended and Rules 1.3 and 3.7 of the 2016 Revised Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

On Justice Tokode, the NJC said he was recommended for compulsory retirement from office with immediate effect sequel to the findings of Council on the allegation contained in petitions forwarded by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and Abimbola Awogboro.

The council said, “The petitioners accused the Judge of misleading the Federal Judicial Service Commission and the National Judicial Council, by submitting six judgements he claimed to have personally conducted while practising as a lawyer; a pre-requisite for his application for appointment as a Judicial Officer, and was so appointed.

“The Investigation Committee of Council however found that the Judge personally conducted only one of the six cases submitted.

“Therefore, Council decided to recommend his compulsory retirement and the refund of all salaries and allowances he earned since his purported appointment to the position of a Judge to the coffers of the Judiciary.”


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  • Frank Bassey

    PMB acted quickly. Recommendation on Babachir Lawal and Yusuf of NHIS did not attract similar prompt, decisive action. Carrying out background checks on the Judges must not be an incursion into the independence of the judiciary. It was Judges that heard the case of those with certificate controversies in the last general election.

    • Suleiman Alatise

      Scroll up and read again

    • man

      because hes nepotic

  • ?????????

    PLEASE WHAT US THE MEANING OF COPIED OR RETIREMENT IN NIGERIA,
    IF IT DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY PENALTY IMPOSED ON JUSTICE ADEMOLA?

    • ?????????

      PLEASE WHAT IS THE MEANING OF COMPULSORY RETIREMENT IN NIGERIA, IF IT DOES NOT NCLUDE ANY PENALTY IMPOSED ON JUSTICE ADEMOLA?

  • Eniola

    @Frank Basset,

    Charlatan wrapped in hypocrisy governs Nigeria

    Charlatans are ruling Nigeria. That is why
    the country seems to be falling apart. Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
    was saying yesterday in the newspapers that “State Police is the way to go” to
    curb genocidal killings by Fulani herdsmen rampaging Nigeria. He is wrong on two grounds.

    First, like an ostrich,
    Yemi Osinbajo hides his head in the ground so as not to see obvious
    violation in the carrying of assault rifles by the rampaging Fulani herdsman.
    It is illegal under Nigerian law for anyone to carry assault rifles without
    being a serving member of the armed forces. Yemi Osinbajo said nothing about
    this obvious crime in full glare. He rather wants state police in each of the
    36 states of Nigeria as the solution. On that second ground he is wrong again.

    State Police will involve creating no fewer
    than 20 border posts in each state since the herdsmen take bush paths.
    20 border posts per state will then become battle fronts multiplied by the 36
    states in Nigeria. Fulani herdsmen are armed with assault rifles which the
    Police in Nigeria do not bear. In theory a state’s police team will be no match
    against assault-rifle-bearing Fulani militias disguised as herdsmen. It is for
    disparate weaponry that a battalion of soldiers was instead deployed to Benue
    state by the Nigerian Army whose soldiers are better-trained with assault
    rifles and grenades to overrun and neutralize the genocidal Fulani militias.

    • Opekete

      You stated everything you see wrong in the VP’s proposition but you never offered a single proposition as counter-perspective to the VP’s position. It is easy to criticize but much more difficult to offer alternative solution. I wonder why Nigerians goes all out to blame the government whenever the police are failing in their responsibilities. Why not ask the police to do their job? Is it the VP that will go and arrest the herdsmen?

      • OGK

        So you wonder too. Eniola is one of the so-called solution of IBB to Nigeria’s problem. One of the so-called digitally-compliant youthful leaders advocated by the ex-dictator. He criticised and tore the VP’s recommendation to shreds, yet he could not offer a pinch of alternative. Those are the trumpeted leaders of tomorrow. As confused and corrupt as IBB himsrlf

      • Julius

        You nailed it…they never offered any solution, NEVER !…and they know it all.

  • KELLOGGS

    Calculate how many Yoruba generals, and judges have been removed, methodically, by this administration.

    • Iskacountryman

      the yaribas are closet criminals…

      • Intrepid

        Mind your language. Remember Barkin Zuwo.

        • Iskacountryman

          who?…did you kill him?

      • Julius

        And yours are in the open, broad daylight… Like going into a church fighting a drug war and killing innocents worshippers..Kidnapping and baby sellings .. right ?

        • Iskacountryman

          o boy…o boy…nyamiris are born thieves…

      • Tunsj

        Bless your hateful heart. Your post is getting more on the fringe.

        • Iskacountryman

          okay…okay i take that back…but can you tell me what you use harvested human spare parts especially toto to procure?…i know it is science…but it is marginally criminal all the same…

    • Julius

      Maybe you should help us get them back. How many reverline drunk faggot Generals are in the Nigerian army ? You need to deal with your own issues 1st before all these your fable concerns for us. Last time you were so concerned about a Yoruba not managing or a part of Buhari re-election.

    • Justice and Fairness

      I agree with you. Swift response to discipline erring Southern compatriots. No response for those from elsewhere or even reversal of disciplinary action and reinstatement. A la NHIS Director.

  • Iskacountryman

    the president cannot ensure fit and proper people are appointed…the nigerian judicial council bears that responsibility…buhari is a neigbourhood weakling who craves to be seen as tough…

    • Intrepid

      You know your fulbe brother better. He is not a a ‘Weakling’, he is a VEGETABLE, both in mind and phyisique. Nigeria is really in trouble.

      • Iskacountryman

        keep talking…when he hears you…

        • Julius

          lol, you know who that is, don’t you? Anybody that do not agree with his tribal crap is a Fulani man or woman. God help him!

  • thusspokez

    On the Supreme Court of Nigeria building in the photo: The building looks like a technical college. Nigerian architecture offends my eyes and taste; but I digress.

  • Patroitic Nigerian

    PT please stop misleading Nigerians by your sensational headlines. Buhari did not sack any judge. The National Judicial council seek the approval of the president to retire Justice Ademola and dismissed Justice Tokode. From he headlines it appsars as if the President unilaterally dismissed the two judges. Be patriotic please.