Buhari retires Judge for misconduct

Hon. Justice Lambo Akanbi of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt has been approved for compulsory retirement by President Muhammadu Buhari following the recommendations from the National Judicial Council for misconduct.

NJC made the recommendation after its 74th meeting held on the 4th and 5th November followed by press statement from council’s Acting Director, Mr Soji Oye.

Shell Petroleum Company of Nigeria had made several allegations against Justice Lambo which were contained in a petition sent to the NJC.

The allegations include, the unilateral appointment of one Mr Emeka Nkwo as a referee and valuer in about three suits despite not been proposed by parties in the suit.

The judge also heard and concluded a case without dealing with a notice of preliminary objection on the jurisdiction of his court.
Justice Akanbi also sat on a case in the Federal High Court Yenagoa without the fiat of the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court who had already transferred a new judge to the state.

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