Adeleke’s Request To Osun CJ Rejected


In its 104th meeting held on December 6 and 7, 2023, the National Judicial Council (NJC), led by Chief Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has reaffirmed that Justice Adepele Ojo remains the recognized Chief Judge of Osun State.

The Council has instructed Osun State to maintain the status quo, rejecting Governor Ademola Adeleke’s request to appoint the next Most Senior Judge in an acting capacity.

This decision comes in light of allegations against the Chief Judge and the State House of Assembly’s resolution to suspend him.

According to a statement issued by NJC’s Director of Information, Soji Oye, the Council has also recommended the compulsory retirement of Justice Sakariyah Oyejide Falola, a judge of the Osun State High Court.

This recommendation is based on the findings of an investigation committee, which was initiated following a petition filed by Mr. Dapo Kolapo Olowo and Polaris Bank.

The petition alleged that Justice Falola granted a Garnishee Order Absolute against the bank in a questionable and unusual manner, amounting to the sum of N283,174,000.00 (Two Hundred and Eighty-Three Million, One Hundred and Seventy-Four Thousand Naira).

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The committee deemed Justice Falola’s behavior, which involved traveling to Lagos to meet with the bank’s counsel in his chambers regarding Garnishee Proceedings, to be inappropriate for a judicial officer.

As a result, the NJC has suspended Justice Falola from his position until Governor Adeleke approves the recommendation for his compulsory retirement.

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Furthermore, the Council reviewed the findings of other investigation committees and dismissed the petitions filed against Justice Ekaete Obot, the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, as well as Justice Benson Anya of the High Court of Abia State, Justice Zainab Bage-Abubakar of the Federal High Court, and Justice Opufaa Ben-Whyte and Justice Augusta Chuku, both of the High Court of Rivers State.

These petitions were either found to be without merit or were withdrawn by the petitioners.

Justice Anne Akobi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory will receive a letter of guidance to ensure proper management of her court.

Additionally, the NJC reviewed 51 new petitions against Federal and State Judicial Officers and established 11 Panels to investigate the petitions with valid grounds.

The remaining petitions were dismissed due to ongoing legal proceedings, withdrawal by the petitioners, or retirement of the judges in question.

The Council also decided to report Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ajibola Aribisala, to the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) for investigation and disciplinary action.

This action was taken in response to the derogatory and unacceptable remarks made by Aribisala against a judicial officer and the NJC in his petition to the council.

Read the full press release of the NJC below:


The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, GCON, at its 104th Meeting of 6 & 7 December 2023 has recommended the compulsory retirement of Hon. Justice S. O. Falola of Osun State High Court from the Bench.

The recommendation was made sequel to the findings of an Investigation Committee in a petition written against His Lordship by Mr Dapo Kolapo Olowo and Polaris Bank.

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