Two judges, Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division, and Justice Olamide Oloyede of the High Court of Justice, Osun State, have been relieved of their job by the National Judicial Council over alleged misconduct.
Their sack followed a meeting by the NJC on Saturday, which recommended the compulsory retirement of the two judges to President Muhammadu Buhari.
A statement by the NJC explains that its “hammer came on Mr. Yunusa for allegedly issuing illegal court orders blocking investigation by government agencies into alleged financial misappropriation by some public officers.”
The decision followed a petition by a non-governmental organisation, civil society network against corruption.
In the case of Mrs Oloyede, the NJC states that she was retired based on its findings that she failed to uphold the dignity of her office by maintaining impartiality and independence of the judiciary.
She was said to have written a petition laced with unsubstantiated allegations against the Osun State governor and his deputy, and circulated same to the members of the State House of Assembly, other individuals and organizations.