The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the compulsory retirement of Justice O. Gbaja-Biamila of the Lagos State High Court for misconduct, according Premium Times.
The Council’s decision is contained in a statement issued in Abuja Tuesday and signed by the Acting Director of Information of the council, Soji Oye.
According to the statement, the recommendation for Mr. Gbaja-Biamila’s retirement is as a result of allegations contained in a petition against him by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, C. A Candide Johnson.
The allegation was that Mr. Gbaja-Biamila delivered judgment in Suit No. ID/1279/ P. K Ojo Vs SDV and SCOA Nigeria Plc, 22-months after written addresses were adopted by all the counsel and 35 months after the close of evidence in the suit.
The statement said the action of the judge was contrary to the constitutional provisions that judgments should be delivered within 90 days.
Mr. Evuti was alleged to have falsified the date of his birth from Sept. 15, 1950 to April 10, 1953.
According to the statement, a fact-finding committee set up by the council found from the records made available to it that the judge used three different dates of birth.