Olotu sues Jonathan, CJN, NJC, others

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Mar 6th, 2014
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Justice Gladys Olotu of the Federal High Court, one of the two judges recommended for compulsory retirement last week by the National Judicial Council (NJC), has sued the council, President Goodluck Jonathan and two others.

The NJC ordered the suspension of Olotu and Justice Ufot Inyang of the Abuja High Court last week and recommended their retirement by President Jonathan, over “gross misconduct.”

In the suit before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Justice Olotu is challenging the decision and recommendation of the NJC.

Yesterday, Justice Ademola heard in the chambers, a motion ex-parte by which Justice Olotu is seeking leave to apply for an order of certiorari for a judicial review of her suspension and recommendation for retirement by the NJC.

Also named in the suit are the chief justice, the attorney- general of the federation and the chief judge of the Federal High Court.

Justice Olotu’s lawyer, Sunday Ameh (SAN), confirmed the proceedings in the chambers yesterday.

He said Justice Ademola granted his client’s motion and adjourned hearing till March 19.

He said the judge ordered that parties in the case be served with his client’s motion.

Ameh said the suit is intended by his client to protect her rights. He refused to give further details.

When told the President has acted on the NJC’s recommendation and retired his client, Ameh denied knowledge of such development.

The NJC, in a statement last week, said the decision to retire Justice Olotu was informed by its findings on the allegations contained in the petitions written against her. The findings include:

•That she “failed to deliver judgment, only to deliver same in Suit No. FHC/UY/250/2003, 18 months after the final address by counsel in the suit, contrary to the provisions that judgments should be delivered within 90 days;”

•That she “admitted before the Fact-finding Committee of the council, which investigated the allegations that she forgot she had a pending ruling to deliver in an application for joinder;”

•That she “entertained a post-judgment matter in suit No. FHC/UY/CS/250/2003 in Port Harcourt after delivering judgment, which made her functus officio;” and

•That in another case: Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/505/2012, “Justice Olotu failed to deliver judgment twice.”

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