Chief Ferdinand Orbih (SAN), has told immediate past Attorney-General, Sir Charles Titiloye, that only the National Judicial Council and not him as Attorney-General, has the power to investigate a sitting Chief Judge.
In a statement credited to the Former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of Ondo State, Sir Charles Titiloye, claiming to have investigated the Chief Judge of the state, Hon. Justice Olanrewaju Akeredolu with fairness, he said, “I cannot believe that a former AG of a state would canvass this opinion. The former AG has no power to investigate a sitting Chief Judge. That duty or function is the exclusive preserve of the National Judicial Council. I thought that was elementary. No court in Nigeria can try a Chief Judge or any Judge for that matter unless the matter would have first been referred to the NJC to exercise its disciplinary powers over the Judge or Chief Judge “.
According to him, the country seems to thrive on Impunity and work for questions instead of answers“.
“In any event, the principle of Separation of Powers holds sway in Nigeria and would prevent the Executive from investigating the Chief Judge without reference to the NJC. One of our fundamental problems in Nigeria is our disposition to thrive in impunity. Always working from the answer to the question instead of vice versa.”
The Nigerian Bar Association, Akure Branch and Kayode Ajulo, had held expressed similar views on the matter.