The Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) has dismissed five Supreme Court workers and a member of staff of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, for their involvement in the leakage of an undelivered judgment in the case of SC 179/2012 Senator Alphonsus Uba Igbeke Vs Lady Margery Okadigbo and three others.
The names of the workers are contained in a statement issued on Thursday by the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Mr. Sunday Olorundahunsi: Russell Ndenu, Nathaniel Abraham, Olayinka Abiodun, Bada Kayode, Festus Ilurimi and Stephen Izonebi.
FJSC had also recommended to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister for Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), to consider whether the alleged mastermind of the leakage, Senator Alphonsos Igbeke, had breached the law for which he should be prosecuted.
Olorundahunsi said the six judiciary workers through investigation conducted internally as well as police investigation, were found to have conspired amongst themselves and allegedly with Igbeke and Mr Collins Okechukwu, to leak the judgment before it was delivered on May 31.
Igbeke had put up a paid advert on page 42 of the Daily Sun of May 30, 2013, alleging that the judgment had leaked, which forced his counsel in the matter, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), to write to the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court to dissociate himself from the publication. He also withdrew his service to Igbeke on the matter.
Olorundahunsi said: "The FJSC considered their act as serious misconduct that runs contrary to Regulation 48 (1)(xi) of the Federal Judicial Service Commission Regulations, Regulation 49 and Regulation 60 (1)(i). "Their acts are also in violation of the Public Service Rule (PSR) Cap 3 section 4 (030401) and (030416)."
The commission also requested Adoke to further investigate the motive behind the leakage and possibly take legal action against Igbeke and Okechukwu for allegedly masterminding the leaked but undelivered judgement of the Supreme Court.