19 January 2021 By Victoria Abah
The Federal High Court, Abuja has dismissed the objection raised by the National Judicial Council (NJC) against the hearing of a suit instituted by a dismissed Judge, Rita Ofili Ajumogobia, challenging her dismissal.
In his ruling, Justice Ekwo dismissed all the objections on the grounds that they were misplaced and the claim of the plaintiff misconstrued.
The NJC had in 2018 dismissed Justice Ajumogobia as a Judge of the Federal High Court from the service of the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) for alleged gross judicial misconduct.
Not satisfied with NJC’s action, Justice Ajumogobia instituted an action at the Federal High Court, Abuja challenging the process adopted by the fact finding committee of the NJC that led to her dismissal.
However, the NJC and other defendants in the matter filed separate preliminary objections against the hearing of the suit on the ground that the Federal High Court has no jurisdiction to entertain such a matter.
The NJC contended that, being a labour related matter, the plaintiff ought to have gone to the National Industrial Court to ventilate her grievances, adding that the case was statute-barred having not been instituted within three months as required by the Public Officers Protection Act.
The Judge fixed April 5 to 7 for hearing on the matter.
Other defendants in the matter are the Attorney General of Federation, the FG, Justice Olufemi Akintan, Justice Ishaq Bello and Justice Julieth Kentu.