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Federal High Court judge resigns

08 December 2017

Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, has voluntarily retired from the Bench as a judge.

The judge did not state the reason for tendering his letter ahead of the anticipated date.

However, in a statement made available to INDEPENDENT, the National Judicial Council (NJC) on Thursday said the action of Ademola was an afterthought to forestall his anticipated sack, having gotten wind of his indictment by the NJC in respect of a petition that had been lodged against him by some persons.

Although his one-paragraph letter was submitted to the Office of the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday, the letter stated that his retirement took effect from Wednesday.

It said his resignation took effect from the 6th of December. That is the constitutional age for judges of the Federal High Court to retire.

Based on this clearance, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN) challenged Justice Auta's decision to transfer Lamido and others' trial to Justice Qaudri to start afresh, when witnesses had been called before Justice Ademola and judgment was about to be delivered.

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Though the Petitioners withdrew their petitions in accordance with to 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.

Mr. Ademola was among seven judges accused of corruption in October 2016.

"The Investigation Committee of Council, however, found that the Hon. And I am not aware of any appeal against the judgment of the Federal High Court, this is because I am not aware that they compile any record of the court proceedings for their appeal". The judge has also been placed on the watch-list of the Council for the next one year. Mr. Justice Linda Amina Yarosi of the Customary Court of Appeal to resume duty from her sick leave immediately and was placed on the watch-list for three months.

A source said: "The Judge will be 65 years by March 2018".

"Within that period, council reserves the right to consider their suitability or otherwise to continue as judicial officers based on their performance", the statement added.

Federal High Court judge resigns