- Three court officials are facing outright dismissal for allegedly manipulating court documents
- The documents led to the delivery of a controversial judgment which sacked Ifeanyi Ubah as a senator
- A panel constituted to look into the issue stated that the entire suit was a fraud and does not exist in FCT High Court record
A report by ThisDay indicates that three court officials in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been recommended for dismissal for allegedly manipulating court documents that led to the delivery of a controversial judgment.
The said judgment had ordered the removal of Ifeanyi Ubah as the senator representing Anambra South senatorial district at the National Assembly.
Both the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division and the Supreme Court in their separate judgments had since set aside the judgment of the high court and upheld the election of Ubah as a senator.
Ubah, who had suspected foul play over the way and manner a suit was filed against his election at an Abuja High Court, to the extent that the benefactor of the judgment was a party that did not initiate the legal action but only sought to be joined midway.
He went on to petition some court officials to the chief judge of the FCT High Court.
Following receipt of the petition, the FCT chief judge, Justice Ishaq Bello, constituted a seven-man panel headed by the Deputy Chief Registrar (DCR) of the FCT High Court, Madugu Alhaji to investigate the complaint by Senator Ubah against the officials.
The panel after its investigation and careful analysis of evidence adduced as well as tendered exhibits came to the conclusion that, “The entire suit contracted in CV/3044/18 was a fraud and does not exist in FCT High Court record.”
After establishing a case of culpability against six staff of the Abuja High Court, the panel recommended the sack of three over an act of serious misconduct and the remaining for demotion over an act of misconduct.
However, the committee exonerated the seventh official from the allegations against him.
The affected staff whose names are withheld, are from between grade level 6 to grade level 14.
They were found guilty of forgery and mutilation of court documents that led to the illegal sack of Ubah in January this year.
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Abuja has affirmed the power of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deregister political parties which failed to comply with the provisions of the law.
In a judgment delivered by Justice Taiwo O. Taiwo on Thursday, May 28, the court affirmed that the constitutional power of the electoral commission and the reasons given by INEC for the deregistration of parties are valid and in conformity with the law.