The National Judicial Council has rejected the request of Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke to appoint the next most senior jJudge in the state, Justice David Olayinka Afolabi, in an acting capacity.
This decision follows allegations against Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo, the Osun State Chief Judge, and the resolution of the State House of Assembly to suspend her.
The decision was reached at the 104th NJC Meeting chaired by Justice Olukayode Ariwoola between December 6 and 7, 2023, in Abuja.
The NJC, which affirmed Justice Ojo as the recognized Chief Judge of Osun State, also rejected the resolution of the Osun State Assembly.
This decision was outlined in a statement signed by the NJC Director of Information, Soji Oye, on Thursday and obtained by Journalist
The Council, emphasizing its constitutional authority to investigate Judicial Officers and recommend actions to the Governor, directed Osun State to return to the status quo.
The Council resolved to recommend him to the state governor for compulsory retirement with immediate effect.
This recommendation was based on the findings of an investigation committee following a petition against him by Dapo Kolapo Olowo and Polaris Bank. The petition highlighted the granting of a Garnishee Order Absolute against the bank for the sum of N283,174,000.00 (two hundred and eighty-three million, one hundred and seventy-four thousand Naira) in a questionable and unusual manner, including the endorsement of the order, attaching the account of the Garnishee with another Garnishee and not the account of the judgment debtor who had the legal obligation to pay the supposed judgment sum.
“They found that the subject Judge misconducted himself by entertaining Suit No HIK/41/2018 when there was no evidence of a judgment of the Kwara State High Court before him, neither was there a Certificate of Registration of the same in Osun State to confer jurisdiction on him.