The National Judicial Council on Friday recommended two high court judges, the Acting President of Customary Court of Appeal in Imo State, Justice Francis Abosi and Justice Aliyu Liman of Bauchi State High Court for compulsory retirement.

According to a statement signed by the Director of Information of the Council, Mr Soji Oye, the decision was taken during its 91st meeting held online on the April 22.

The NJC said Justice  Abosi, was recommended for compulsory retirement following the falsification of his date of birth from 1950 to 1958.

The council said findings showed that he was supposed to have retired in November, 2015 when he clocked the mandatory retirement age of Sixty-five (65) years.

The Council also made a recommendation to Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state to deduct the salaries he had earned from November 2015 to date from his retirement benefit.

Justice Aliyu Liman of Bauchi State High Court was also recommended to the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed for compulsory retirement pursuant to the findings by the Council over his failure to deliver judgement in a suit between Abubakar Isa and Sheik Tahir Bauchi within the three months period stipulated by the 1999 Constitution having held onto the said judgement for almost four years.

The Council headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed also constituted a 10-man committee to come up with urgent practical strategic measures to be put in place in order to ensure Courts continue to function despite the lockdown and COVID-19 challenges.

The committee would  be chaired by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, while Justices M. B. Dongban-Mensem, J. T. Tsoho, B. B. Kanyip, Ishaq Bello, O. A. Ojo and Kashim Zannah would serve as members.

Other members are Paul Usoro (SAN), A. B. Mahmoud (SAN) and D. D. Dodo (SAN).

The council said that the committee is to come up with guidelines or template for implementation.

“To explore possible areas of collaboration between the Judiciary and the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, stakeholders in the Justice Administration and Development Partners in Justice Administration Sector.

“Any other measures that the Committee may deem fit in realising these objectives and the Committee has fourteen (14) days to submit its Report.

Also, 70 Judicial Officers were recommended for appointment as President, Court of Appeal, Grand Kadis, President, Customary Court of Appeal and Judges of High Court of States and the Federal Capital Territory and Kadis of States Sharia Courts of Appeal.



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