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CJN queries High Court judge for alleged misconduct

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has sent a memorandum to Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court, Lagos, for alleged misconduct.

The memo, dated November 19,  was addressed to Justice Yunusa through  the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta.

The CJN demanded an explanation from Justice Yunusa on a petition sent to the National Judicial Council (NJC) by a businesswoman, Mrs Rachidatou Abdou, who is a party in a suit before the judge.

Justice Yunusa was given 14 days  to respond to the CJN’s memorandum.

In her petition of November 11, Mrs. Abdou, a Beninois resident in Nigeria, narrated how Justice Yunusa allegedly connived with the lawyer to her opponent to deny her justice.

The petitioner said she wrote to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on alleged manipulation of incorporation documents of a company, Rana Prestige Industries Limited, which she co-owned with a fellow Beninois, Mr. Gnahoue Sourton Nazaire.

She said her grouse about the co-director was that he allegedly colluded with the lawyer, who handled the incorporation, to change the share capital holding structure from 50 per cent each between her and Nazaine to 60 per cent and 40 per cent in favour of her partner.

Mrs Abdou said her partner allegedly forged her signature to change the share holding of the company.

The petitioner also said her co-director allegedly connived with his younger brother, Mr. Denon Modeste, who she described as an employee of the company, to divert the company’s funds while she was in France for six years.

She accused Justice Yunusa of conniving with the lawyer to her opponent to frustrate EFCC’s probe of her petition.

Mrs Abdou said her opponent, through their lawyer, filed three suits to stop EFCC’s investigation of her petition.

The petitioner expressed shock that Justice Yunusa had allegedly been communicating with the lawyer to her opponent before the suits were filed and when they were still pending, contrary to judicial officers’ ethics.

She averred that Justice Yunusa spoke severally with the lawyer to her opponent and exchanged Short Messaging Service (SMS) with him.

Mrs Abdou vowed to expose the alleged conversation anytime she is invited.

The petitioner alleged that her co-director had been boasting in Cotonou that he had pocketed the judge in the matter.

She also said Justice Yunusa’s judgment in a suit delivered on August 18, confirmed her worst fear and confirmed her allegation when she was fined N6,000,000 as damages.

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