Justice Olotu petitions CJ, seeks case transfer

A retired judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Gladys K. Olotu, has petitioned the Chief Judge of the court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, seeking transfer of one of her cases challenging her compulsory retirement currently pending before Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Abuja Division over alleged bias.

Justice Olotu filed the two cases shortly after her compulsory retirement by former President Goodluck Jonathan in February 2014 over alleged wrong doing.

In one of the suits marked; FHC/CS/ABJ/221/2014, the retired judge dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and 17 others to court, while in the other suit marked; FHC/ CS/169/2014, the President of Nigeria and four others were joined as respondents which was recently thrown out by Justice Kafarati on the grounds that he didn’t have jurisdiction.

However, in a petition dated February 23, 2017 to Justice Auta, Olotu is seeking the transfer of her suit against the EFCC and 17 others from Justice Kafarati to another judge in the Abuja Division.

The retired judge said her request was premised on the ground that Justice Kafarati showed open, clear prejudice and bias in his judgement on her suit against the President of Nigeria and four others.

She questioned the rationale behind Justice Kafarati’s insistence that he lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit while he had decided contrarily in similar case involving a judge of the High Court of Abuja, who was also compulsorily retired from the Bench.

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