Nigeria: NJC Recommends Compulsory Retirement of Adamawa Judge

The National Judicial Council in Nigeria has recommended Justice Michael Goji of the High Court of Adamawa State for compulsory retirement.

The decision was contained in a statement issued by the council’s Director of Information, Mr Soji Oye which said the judge was sent packing after he refused to proceed on transfer to the Mubi Judicial Division of the state High Court since July 2017.

The council also ordered the judge to refund all salaries received by him from July 2017 to date, failing which the Adamawa State Government is to deduct the amount from any entitlement due to him and remit same to the NJC.

In the interim, the council, in exercise of its disciplinary powers under the constitution, has suspended Justice Goji from office pending his removal from office.

The state Judicial Commission had conducted an investigation on the conduct of Justice Goji following the directive of the Chief Justice of Nigeria after receiving the complaint of his misconduct from the Adamawa State Chief Judge.

The council also considered petitions written against 25 judges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and decided to set up seven committees to investigate the petitions.

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