04.04.2021 news Lawyer Kicks as NJC Fails to Act on Petition against Justice Mary Peter-Odili

Published 4th Apr, 2021

By Gabriel Ogunjobi

Timipa Jenkins Okponipere, the founder and senior partner of First Law Solicitors, has called on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to probe the a judge and wife of a former governor of Rivers State, Honourable Justice Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili, over allegations of judicial misconduct and abuse of privilege.

Okponipere made this known on Friday at a virtual press conference, noting that the judge, though highly-placed, “is certainly not above the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

Okponipere accused the NJC of protecting Justice Mary Peter-Odili from sanctions despite constant reminders on his petition against her since July 2020.

“It is now nine months since I submitted my petition. The NJC are yet to determine it,” he said.

“Indeed, I have written several letters of reminder to the NJC; appealing for a just and speedy determination of my petition. After nine months of waiting patiently, I am no longer in doubt that the NJC are deliberately and willfully shielding His Lordship, The Honourable Justice Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili, JSC from judicial scrutiny and discipline.

“This is most unfortunate, unlawful and provocative. It is the clearest confirmation of the existence of monumental judicial corruption at the highest hierarchy of the Nigerian judicial system.”

“I am therefore seizing this unique opportunity to call on the NJC to speedily consider and determine the petition in respect of His Lordship, The Honourable Justice Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili, JSC.”

READ ALSO: ‘That’s No Justice’ — Outrage as Lagos CP Transfers DPO to Headquarters for Unprofessional Conduct

Similarly, the lawyer asked the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC) to address a petition he wrote against three senior advocates of Nigeria: Messrs. JB Daudu, EC Ukala and Lawal-Rabana since last August.

“I am therefore, once again, seizing this unique opportunity to appeal to the LPPC to speedily and decisively determine my petition against the erring legal practitioners in the overall interest of Justice and the Rule of Law,” Okponipere ended.

Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili, who is currently the fourth most senior of the 20 justices, is likely to become the second-in-command to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, following the retirement of Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour on March 22, 2021.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Published 4th Apr, 2021

By Gabriel Ogunjobi


Our Stories

LASUTH Rejects Tetanus Patient Due to Bed Shortage in Dark Room

Lagos LG Chairman’s Boys Attack Apapa Neighbourhood After Facilitating Escape of Killer Truck Driver

Bandits Hold on to 148 Niger Pupils Despite Pocketing N50m Ransom

BURIED JUSTICE (I): How Ekiti First Lady Bisi Fayemi Covered Up the Murder of Two FUOYE Students by Her Police Escorts

Cover-up of Car Robbery Ring: Kwara Police Ignore Force Headquarters’ Directives

Bandits Take Control of Zamfara Communities after 24-Hour Ultimatum to Residents

Irigwe Leader Denies Involvement of Community Members in Jos Killing

BREAKING: Terrorists Release Abducted Niger Pupils after 88 Days

16 Months after, Access Bank Won’t Return Mayowa Jimoh’s N100,000

BREAKING: Bandits Free 27 of 29 Afaka Students in Captivity