NJC Sacks Abia Chief Judge Over Falsification Of Age


Nigeria’s National Judicial Council on Monday announced the compulsory retirement of the Acting Chief Judge of Abia state, Justice Shadrack O.E. Nwanosike over the falsification of his date of birth.

The council found that Nwanosike falsified his date of birth which invariably affected his retirement age and ordered him to embark on a compulsory retirement.

In a press release signed by Mr. Soji Oye, the Acting Director of Information and made available to newsmen in Abuja, the council stated that the compulsory retirement slammed on the Abia state Acting Chief Judge was part of the recommendation of the council at its meeting presided by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, held on 17th & 18th July.

The Council during the meeting also considered and deliberated on the Report of its Committee on Performance Evaluation of Judicial Officers of the Superior Courts of Record in the Federation at the end of which it constituted a five-man Committee comprising its members to invite Judicial Officers with “Very Low Performance or Non-Performance”, to appear before it to show cause why they should not be removed from office.

The press statement also indicated that the council considered and recommended the appointment of some Judicial Officers in the Federal & States Judiciaries to the Executive, respectively.

The recommendations were for the appointment of a substantive Chief Judge for the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja which the council made to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Chief Judge, Rivers State, Chief Judge, Jigawa state, Chief Judge, Katsina state which were made to their respective governors.

Others are for the appointment of President of Customary Court of Appeal in Taraba state, two Khadis for the Sharia Court of Appeal in Kebbi state, two Khadis for the Sharia Court of Appeal in Sokoto state, one Judge for the Customary Court of Appeal in Delta state and two Judges for the Customary Court of Appeal in Ebonyi state. [PMNews]