By Innocent Anaba
A judge of the Federal High Court in Lagos, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, has allegedly assaulted a clerical officer attached to her office.
The incident, according to a petition by the father of the Clerical Officer, took place in May 2013.
It was gathered from the petition that the court clerk, Mr. Israel Okodugha, on that fateful day, was said to have gone to Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia’s chambers to inform her that he was going home at 4:15p.m., when the sad incident occurred.
Okodugha’s father, Mr. S. O. Okodugha, petitioned the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta.
In the petition, also copied the most senior judge in the Lagos division of Federal High Court, Justice James Tsoho and Chief Registrar and Deputy Chief Registrar in charge of Administration at Lagos division of the court, he narrated how the incident happened.
Okodugha, in the petition alleged that “sometime in the month of May 2013, at 4:15p.m., he (Israel) entered the chambers to inform his Lordship that he wished to accompany the staff bus home since the money on him would not be sufficient to carry him home that evening to Ikorodu by public transport.
“In the presence of female students, his Lordship got up from the seat, went to Israel, grab his ears with her nails, pulled them and, in the process, inflicted pains on the ears and wound on the back of his left ear.
“He bled on the ear to the house that night. We had to take him to a nearby pharmacy to give him analgesics after washing the wound with antiseptics.
“Before the incident, our son, Israel, was one of the staff her Lordship was using as house-keeper to scrub the toilet, wash her clothes, sweep and clean the house during official hours and even at weekends.
“This continued until Israel told her Lordship that he had to attend lectures on weekends.”