Newsexpress banner Camano banner
Coalition petitions anti-corruption committee over alleged misconduct of Federal Chief Judge

By News Express on 07/03/2016

Views: 1,673

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) has urged the President Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption to investigate and sanction the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Auta, for allegedly contravening the code of conduct for judicial officers.

In a petition signed by CSNAC chairman, Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju, and addressed to the chairman of the commission, Prof. Itse Sagay, the anti-corruption coalition said the commission should investigate the introduction of Chief Michael Igbinedion to Hon. Justice Auta at a book launch in honour of the justice as well as the donation of N8 million at the book launch by Igbinedion who was standing trial at the High Court before the donation.

The petition reads: “In its publication of 18th February, 2016, Premium Times, an online newspaper, reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has accused Mr. Rickey Tarfa, a senior Nigerian lawyer, of having a long history of manipulating courts and improperly communicating with judges. Mr. Tarfa, in defence instituted a Fundamental Rights Enforcement Action against the Commission. In the course of the proceedings, several startling revelations were made by the Commission.

“The report stated that in furtherance of his unhealthy relationships and communication with judicial officers, Mr. Tarfa sometime in April 2015, attended a book launch in honour of Ibrahim Auta the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, in the company of Gabriel Igbinedion, who was the chief launcher. At the event, Mr. Tarfa introduced Mr. Igbinedion to judges and senior lawyers who attended the programme. In the counter affidavit deposed to by one Moses Awolusi, an investigator on behalf of the EFCC, he stated as follows:

“That I know as a fact that in spite of the Applicant’s knowledge of Rule 3(f)(j) of the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers which stipulates that ‘A judicial officer and members of his family shall neither ask for nor accept any gift, bequest, favour, or loan on account of anything done or omitted to be done by him in the discharge of his duties’ the Applicant did not advise his client not to donate the said sum of N8 million to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court. Now shown to me and marked Exhibit ‘Q’ is Thisday edition of 3rd May 2015 capturing the proceedings of the launching including role of the Applicant.

“Furthermore, the report also stated that in the said affidavit, the investigating officer also stated: “That I know as a fact that the Applicant’s client, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, made the donation of N8m at the referred occasion to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in spite of knowledge by Chief Gabriel Igbinedion that his son Michael Igbinedion who had been convicted was awaiting the sentence of the Federal High Court in criminal proceedings pending against Chief Gabriel Igbinedion’s son (Chief Michael Igbinedion) before the Federal High Court”.”

The petition noted that “shortly after the book launch and donation of the said N8 million, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion’s son Michael was sentenced to one year imprisonment or a paltry fine of N1 million in questionable plea bargaining that sparked outrage among Nigerians.”

Continuing, the petition said: “It is trite that the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers is replete with several provisions on the conduct and relationships of judicial officers with members of the public.

“The Code of Conduct prohibits judicial officers from unnecessarily fraternizing with members of the public that could result in putting the course of justice in jeopardy as well as causing embarrassment to the judiciary.

“The noncompliance with the provisions of the rules can be seen as exemplified by the questionable plea bargaining procedure Chief Gabriel Igbinedion’s son benefitted from shortly after his introduction to Hon. Justice Auta and the donation of the aforementioned sum.

“CSNAC is therefore by this petition calling for a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the introduction of Chief Igbinedion to Hon. Justice Auta, as well his donation of N8million at the book launch. The presence of several lawyers at the book launch should also be thoroughly investigated as this could create conflict in the exercise of his duties as a judicial officer, since the crop of senior lawyers who were in attendance are likely to come before his court.”

•Photo shows Prof. Itse Sagay.

Source News Express

Posted 07/03/2016 9:00:13 PM





You may also like...
Race for next U.N. Secretary-General enters decisive phase...

Buhari joins war against pirates

Boko Haram suspects nabbed after sneaking into IDP...

British Airways passenger ‘fighting for life’ after bag...

Tiger Brands eyes Africa expansion

NAICOM releases guidelines for market conduct, business practices...

Lagos unveils housing scheme for low income earners,...

Boko Haram kills 11 in yet another attack...

Britain soon to accept naira for business transactions...

Nigeria’s next security threat?

Nigeria’s Embassy in Spain donates biometric capturing machine...

Expect a lot of dust haze, poor visibility...


Latest News Video of Buhari running in Saudi Arabia breaks the net Tribunal: NEC disowns presidential candidate Why it’s difficult to arrest, prosecute vote buyers — ICPC Man, 52, in police trouble for attempting to swindle Ogun CP Alleged defamation: Atiku demands public apology from Presidential aide Bodies of twins found in river 5 die in Honduras plane crash I am ‘emotionally indebted’ to Ganduje, Emir of Kano – Shettima Police kill suspected kidnapper of UBEC Chairman Falana writes Buhari, demands release of 40 Nigerians illegally detained by Nigerian Navy Assets Recovery: New Bauchi Assembly bill against people’s interest – CSOs Coaches salaries: Why sponsors are withholding funds – NFF


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (480,140 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (419,436 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (357,898 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (305,980 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (270,248 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (241,307 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (229,203 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (210,927 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (202,154 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (200,206 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (181,292 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (181,227 views)


UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (91) Business & Economy (4,266) Business Verdict (71) Columnists (1,031) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (613) Features (752) Global Business Monitor (362) ICT Monitor (43) International (3,460) Interview (179) Live Commentary (29) Love Matters (161) Maggie's Blog (268) News (46,309) Opinion (1,242) Pidgin (17) Politics (10,796) Religion (1,002) Sports (2,007) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update






APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera