Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Jonathan Endorses Sack Of Justice Ayo Salami, Approves Appointment Of Acting President, Court Of Appeal
A terse press release from Rueben Abati, Jonathan’s Special Adviser on media and publicity stated thatJonathan has approved the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) to suspend Justice Ayo Salami from office over his refusal to apologize to the outgoing Chief Jusice of Nigeria, Alysius Katsina-Alu and the NJC as recommended by a committee headed by the chief judge of Nigeria, Ibrahim Auta.
The statement which was sent to the media on Sunday, reads: “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is in receipt of a correspondence dated 18th August, 2011, from the National Judicial Council (NJC), recommending the compulsory retirement of Hon. Justice Isa Ayo Salami, OFR, for misconduct in accordance with the provisions of Section 292 (1) (a) (i) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, and Rule 1 (1) of the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
In a tone of acknowledgement of the controiversy surrounding the controversial suspension of the Justice Salami’s by a 7-manquorum out of 24 NJC members, the release further stated, “ Consequently, President Jonathan, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 238 (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, has approved the acting appointment of Hon. Justice Dalhatu Adamu to perform the functions of the office of the President of the Court of Appeal pending when all issues relating to the office of the President of the Court of Appeal are resolved.”
SaharaReporters learns that police orderlies protecting Justice Ayo Salami were removed yesterday on the oders of the IG of police.