NJC recommends 2 judges for immediate retirement

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended two judges for compulsory retirement with immediate effect.

The Director of Information at NJC, Soji Oye, said in a statement on Friday that the judges were the Acting President of the Imo State Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Francis Abosi, and Justice Aliyu Liman of the Bauchi State High Court.

Oye said the Council headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, took the decision during its 91st Intensive Meeting held online on April 22 and April 23.

According to him, the NJC recommended Justice Abosi for compulsory retirement due to falsification of his date of birth from 1950 to 1958.

The Council said its findings showed that the judge was supposed to have retired in November 2015 when he clocked the mandatory retirement age of 65 years.

The Council decided to recommend his compulsory retirement to Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and to also deduct the salaries he had earned from November, 2015 to date from his retirement benefit.

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The statement read: “Justice Liman was recommended to the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, for compulsory retirement pursuant to the findings by the Council for his failure to deliver judgment in suit No BA/100/2010, between Abubakar Isa and Sheik Tahir Bauchi within the three months period stipulated by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The Council viewed his failure to deliver judgment for nearly four years as misconduct contrary to Section 292 (1) (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended and Rules 1.3 and 3.7 of the 2016 Revised Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The Council, in the exercise of its disciplinary powers under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, suspended the two judges from office pending the approval of the recommendation of the Council for his compulsory retirement to their respective state governors.”

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