- The National Judicial Council (NJC) is in the news again for its disciplinary posture
- The council has recommended the compulsory retirement of Justice Michael Goji
- The council also appointed 21 judicial officers for eight states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
The NJC has recommended the compulsory retirement of Justice Michael Goji a judge of the Adamawa state high court and appointed 21 judicial officers for eight states and the FCT.
The decision, which was reached by the NJC on Wednesday May 9, after its 86th meeting presided by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, also resolved to suspend the judge pending his retirement.
The NJC also recommended 21 judges for appointment as chief judges, grand Kadi, high court judges, Sharia court Kadis, president, customary court of appeal, and one member of the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
A statement sent to journalists by the council's spokesperson, Soji Oye, said Justice Goji was recommended for compulsory retirement to Governor Bindo Umaru Jibrilla of Adamawa state sequel to the advice of the state Judicial Service Commission, which found him guilty on the allegations of misconduct.
The judge was found to have refused to proceed on transfer to the Mubi Judicial Division of the state high court since July, 2017.
According to the statement, NJC “directed that he should refund all salaries received by him from July, 2017 till date, failing which the Adamawa state government is to deduct the amount from any entitlement due to him and remit same to the National Judicial Council, which pays salaries of all judicial officers in the federation."
The statement also revealed that NJC dismissed the petitions against Justice Paul Adamu Galinje of the Supreme Court; Justice Aminu Sabo Ringim, chief judge, Jigawa state; and Justice Peter Umeadi, chief judge, Enugu state after the petitioners withdrew them.
Meanwhile, Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has reserved Monday, June 11, for ruling on an application to discontinue a 13 amended count charge against the national commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dickson Akoh.
The Nigeria Police had, in March 2017, filed a 90-count charge against Akoh but later amended it to 13-count charge, after it was observed that most of the charges were repetitive.
But counsel to the defendant and former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), approached the court where extant matter was being heard, urging the presiding judge, John Tsoho, to discontinue the criminal proceedings.
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