Judicial Council seeks compulsory retirement of two Judges

Chukwumerije Aja, Abuja

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed

The National Judicial Council, headed by the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has recommended the compulsory retirement from office of Hon. Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya, Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Hon. Justice I. A. Umezulike, Chief Judge, Enugu State.

The Council also recommends the dismissal from service of Hon. Justice Kabiru M. Auta of the High Court of Justice, Kano State with immediate effect.

Regarding Justice Kabiru M. Auta, the NJC directed that he is handed over to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 1, Kano, for prosecution.

A statement issued by Ag. Director Information of the NJC, Soji Oye said “Hon. Justice Mohammed Ladtamiya of the Court of Appeal was recommended for compulsory retirement from Office to President Muhammadu Buhari pursuant to Findings by the Council in the petition written by Nnamdi Iro Oji against him and Hon. Justices Husseini Muktar, F. O. Akinbami and J. Y. Tukur, all Justices of Court of Appeal who sat on Election Appeal Panel in the Owerri Division of the Court during the 2015 General Elections. The Petition contains the following allegations, among others”.

Meanwhile, the National Judicial Council, in the exercise of its disciplinary powers, has suspended Hon. Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya, Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Hon. Justice I. A. Umezulike, OFR, Chief Judge of Enugu State and  Hon. Justice Kabiru Auta of Kano State High Court from Office with immediate effect, pending the approval of the recommendations of the Council for their compulsory retirement and dismissal respectively, from office by President Muhammadu Buhari; Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, respectively.

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