Corruption: NJC Sacks Two Judges

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has sacked the Acting President of Customary Court of Appeal in Imo State, Justice Francis Abosi and Justice Aliyu Liman of the Bauchi State High Court.

The Director of Information of the Council, Soji Oye made the statement on Friday.

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The NJC decided to sack the two judges during its 91st meeting held online on April 22, 2020, and it’s to take effect immediately.

Justice Francis Chukwuma Abosi was sent on compulsory retirement over the falsification of his date of birth from 1950 to 1958.

Abosi retirement at the age of 65 would have been 2015 if not the falsification of his age.

The NJC also recommended to the Governor of Imo State Hope Uzodinma to deduct the salaries the judge had received from November 2015 till date from his retirement.

The statement also recommended to the Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed to send Justice Aliy LIman of the Bauchi State High Court to compulsory retirement.

This is following the discovery by the Council that he failed to deliver judgement in a suit between Abubakar Isa and Sheik Tahir Bauchi within three-month-period stipulated by the 1999 Constitution, having held onto the said judgement for almost four years.

COVID-19

Meanwhile, on COVID-19, the council constituted a 10-man committee to immediately come up with strategic measures to ensure that the court continues to operate despite the lockdown and challenges.

The members are Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, Justice John Tsoho, Justice Benedict Kanyip, Justice Ishaq Bello, Justice Kashim Zannah, Justice Oyebola Ojo, Paul Usoro, Abubakar Mahmoud, Damian Dodo, and Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour as Chairman.

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