JUSTICE GEORGE ULOKO

JUSTICE GEORGE ULOKO

Ex-chief Judge of Plateau state,Rt. Hon Justice George Idenyi Uloko OON,the  incumbent Chief Commissioner,Public Complaints Commission Abuja was  among 6 serving judges the Justice Kayode Esho panel ,inaugurated by the administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in 2002 to appraise the  performances of the nation?s judicial officers,recommended their sack  for gross misconduct and abuse of office  .

Other Judges indicted by the panel were ;Justice Mohammed Dahiru Salleh, the  Chief Judge of Federal Capital Territory; R.I.E. Odu and J.U. Obasse of  the Cross River judiciary,Moshood A. Olugbani of Lagos judiciary and M.  D. Goodhead from the Rivers State judiciary.Justice Uloko particularly, was indicted for ?abuse of  office?,Maladministration ,lack of leadership by example,ridiculously  low work? . ? He was also accused of not attending to judges problems  and that both judges and lawyers had lost confidence in his leadership  as chief judge of the state.? Their fate was further sealed by the Justice Bolariwa Babalakin review panel  which endorsed the earlier recommendations of the Esho panel. In a  desperate move to avoid the hammer,Justice Uloko, then Chief Justice of  Plateau state hurriedly tendered his resignation letter . In a letter  with ref no. CJ/3/S/Vol.IV/615 dated September 16th 2002,Uloko notified  the then governor of Plateau state,Chief Joshua Dariye of his intention  to ?voluntarily retire from active service?. In accepting his  resignation ,an apparently unsuspecting Chief Dariye in a letter dated  27th September,2002 with ref no. GH/S/E/27/VOL.1/27 thanked him ? for  all the services rendered and wished you a happy retirement?. In 2010,Justice Uloko was among nominees for National honors award and  Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) was later conferred on him by  the President Goodluck Jonathan Administration.Not enough,he was appointed Chief Commissioner of the Public Complaints  Commission in 2012,a Commission formerly under the Presidency and now  under the National Assembly with its headquarters in Maitama, and along  side 36 others were sworn in on May 14th same year  by the President of  the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly,Senator David A.B Mark  who like Uloko,was from the Idoma tribe in Benue State.Notorious for his administrative incompetency,same reason the Esho panel  recommended his sack,Uloko has further failed to reposition the Public  Complaints Commission  one year after mounting the saddle. Cases of  abuses of office has been reported by staff of the National headquarters of the Commission. Our sources revealed that Uloko for  instance,forcefully collected a Toyota Landcruiser Prado belonging to  the Commission which was serving as an official vehicle to an ex  National Secretary of the Commission and converted it to his  wife?s  personal use and without adherence to the procurement act,Justice Uloko  purchased a brand new Landcruiser Prado and Toyota Hilux which now serve as his official vehicles. While flagrantly ignoring due  process,Contracts for the construction of the Commission?s office in  Osun state worth millions of Naira was awarded to this wife.  Low  productivity and lack of staff motivation at the national headquarters  of the Commission were also reported.Our sources further gathered that since his retirement from the Plateau  state judiciary in 2002,Uloko has never travelled outside the country  but in little over one year of assuming leadership of the Commission  ,Uloko has been to the UK not less than Four times all on the  Commission?s bill. As we file this report,he is currently holidaying in  the UK and only expected to be back in September

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