The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the dismissal of a judge and the compulsory retirement of another having found them guilty of misconduct.
Rising from its 80th meeting held between December 14 and 15, the NJC also resolved to issue letters of “strong warnings” to two judges of the High Court of Lagos State for some unethical conduct.
It recommended the dismissal of Justice Ugbo Ononogbo of the Abia State High Court and the compulsory retirement from office of Justice Nasir Gummi of Zamfara State High Court of Justice with immediate effect.
NJC has suspended both judges from office immediately pending when the governors of Abia and Zamfara states act on its recommendations.
Those issued warning letters are Justice D. O. Oluwayemi of the Lagos judiciary and Justice M. A. Savage of High Court of Lagos State.
NJC’s Director of Information, Soji Oye, said, in a statement yesterday, that the council took its decisions after exhaustively considering petitions written against the affected judicial officers.
NJC also recommended police’s further investigation of some of the cases and some identified individuals who acted with the judges. They included some court staff and a lawyer. It recommended that the lawyer be disciplined by the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee.