After the refusal of Justice Ayo Salami to head the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee, the National Judicial Council (NJC) has replaced him with Justice Suleiman Galadima.
Salami, a former president of the Court of Appeal had, after initial acceptance to head the committee according to the NJC, later had a change of mind which culminated in his resignation and refusal to chair the 16-man committee.
Following the development, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Galadima, was on Tuesday announced, through a statement NJC released through its Director of Information, Mr. Soji, as Salami’s replacement.
“The National Judicial Council under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Mr. Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON, has picked a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Hon. Justice Mr. Suleiman Galadima, CFR, as the new chairman of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee.
“He is to replace Hon. Justice Mr. Ayo Salami ( retired ) who excused himself from the committee as the chairman, after initially accepting to serve.
“The committee will be inaugurated tomorrow, Wednesday, November 1 st, 2017 by Hon. Justice Mr. Onnoghen, at the Council’ s Conference Hall by 2 pm,” the statement read.
Except for Justice Salami, other people earlier announced by the NJC on September 27, 2017 as members of the committee remain same on the list of persons released by the Council on Tuesday, who would be inaugurated on Wednesday.
The new committee head, Justice Galadima, retired on October 10 , 2016, as a Justice of the Supreme Court after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70.
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