Group asks NJC to investigate Justice Yunusa over alleged corruption

Rickey Tarfa

An anti-corruption coalition, the Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), has urged the National Judicial Council (NJC) to investigate Justice M. N. Yunusa of the Federal High Court, Lagos division, for abuse of powers.

In the petition made available to journalists and signed by the coalition’s chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju, the CSNAC lamented the continuous, questionable manner by which the judge granted orders of perpetual injunction to political exposed persons and other accused persons from being arrested or prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to the coalition, the NJC should investigate the various arbitrary injunctions granted by Justice Yunusa, adding that the rulings of the High Court judge were suspicions since the Supreme Court has held in a plethora of cases that the granting of perpetual injunctions against law enforcement agencies is a violation of constitutional provisions.

Citing a plethora of cases where Justice Yunusa granted the petitioners perpetual injunctions preventing the EFCC from doing his statutory duties, the coalition said the order from the judge will undoubtedly serve as a leeway for unscrupulous and corrupt individuals to escape justice.

Notable among the cases cited by the CSNAC in its petition is Senator Stella Odua v. AG Federation, EFCC, ICPC and IGP with suit no. FHC/L/CS/1342/15; Dr. Martins Oluwafemi Thomas v. EFCC in suit no. FHC/L/CS/1445/15, among others.

The petition read, “The grant of the orders of mandatory and perpetual injunctions by Justice Yunusa against the EFCC is a grave departure from the established principles in the aforementioned cases, as laid down by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal which are binding on the Federal High Court, being a lower court.

“Honourable Justice Yunusa, by the granting of these orders, has stripped the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions of its constitutional powers as a law enforcement agency, as well its powers under the enabling law, the Economic and Financial Crimes (Establishment) Act, LFN 2004, a Federal Legislation. It is also a gross abuse of his powers as a judicial officer.

“These decisions, based on his Lordship’s refusal to abide by judicial precedents laid down by the apex court, will undoubtedly serve as a leeway for unscrupulous and corrupt individuals, who will stop at nothing to truncate their arrest, investigation and prosecution by the appropriate law enforcement agencies, to render our criminal law ineffective, as well as allowing corruption fester in the society.”

In the light of the above, “CSNAC therefore by this petition is requesting that the council carries out its constitutional role by immediately summoning Honorable Justice M. N. Yunusa on this matter and thereby ensuring that sanity is restored in the exercise of powers by judicial officers.”


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  • Son of Law

    Now the public can see the hidden truth.
    You get S.A.N by offering bribes and also by paying money into the bank accounts of court Judges.
    The S.A.N title is therefore a huge crime that President Buhari must resolve by banning henceforth.

    • Ashibogu

      Now I know how to be a SAN. Surely, in five years time I will be Ashibogu (SAN). Nothing is going to stop me! I have gotten the key!

      • aisha ani

        Senior Armed robber of Nigeria!

  • joe

    Is this not the same judge that collected money from (lawyer)ricky tarfa? How long are we going to be condoning this kind of gangsterism? We have been able to replace the criminal executive. But the Judiciary and the legislature are stilled filled up with crminals and thieves.

    • Burning Spear

      IF U WERE TO BE A JUDGE WILL TAKE A BRIBE OF 244,000 FROM A FIRM THAT HAS AN ANNUAL TURNOVER OF OVER 56B—? AGAIN IF TARFA WANTED TO BRIBE THE JUDGE WILL HE GO TO THE BANK AND SEND SUCH TO THE ACCOUNT OF THE JUDGE OPENLY—-WITH ALL THE RECORDS INTACT—IN HIS PHONE?

  • Burning Spear

    Another fake NGO——————-The question we should all ask ourselves is who is behind the plan to pull Yunusa———down—-via the media?———–The firm we are talking about is worth more than 68b dollars and—–with an annual turn-over of 55b profit———————–Then a Nigerian Judge from the Fulani north will in his right sense go and collect a bribe of less that 900 dollars from the owners of such a firm? Nigerians should think twice-before allowing sentiments to becloud their sense of justice—The Apes in APC should not be allowed to deceive them again via the media trial of Ricky Tarfa——-and Yunusa———————————————It is either Isibanjo is befriending the woman–or she is very close to one of the humans in aso rock—————————-One of those Yorubas from Benin Republic–posing as a Nigerian in the government–of Fulani Buhari-That person could be Obj-or Buhari himself—It could be Tinubu—————————–Besides Efcc collected the phone of Ricky Tarfa—-got his bank tansactions and tried to use it to threaten a judge————————–It is not as if Yunusa was the first judge—to be so threatened————it started with Tosho—-So—–who who is this woman from——————Benin Republic now based in France————–threatening judges all over Nigeria———————————————let us know their faces-biko

  • Otile

    Who is the Petroleum Minister? Why are former critics taciturn these days? Are they seeing better days this time around? Hypocrisy is alive and well in the Republic of Nigeria. Najeriyans deserve what they get.

  • Otile

    Where is Wole Soyinka hiding nowadays? Hypocrisy is alive and well in the Republic of Nigeria.

  • favourtalk

    That is a good development, we need more of them to be investigated as the times goes on to reduce corruption in the judiciary. Nigeria must be clean from the mess created in this system so far. Change must continue to happen