Buhari Approves Dismissal Of Two Justices
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the dismisal of two justices.
Their dismissal was approved on Friday following recommendations from the National Judicial Council (NJC).
Honourable Justice A. F. A Ademola of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court was asked to proceed on compulsory retirement while Honourable Justice O.O Tokode of the Benin Division of the Federal High Court was dismissed from office.
Their dismissal was part of disciplinary actions taken after the NJC found them culpable of corrupt practices.
A statement by a spokesman for President Buhari, Mr Garba Shehu, said the disciplinary actions on the two Justices were in pursuance of section 292 (1) (b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
Justice Tokode also had monitory punishment attached to his penalty.
"Justice O.O. Tokode is also to refund all salaries and allowances earned illegally from 2nd December, 2015 when he was sworn-in as a Judge of the Federal High Court to date," the statement read.
The President also urged judicial officers to be alive to their responsibilities and eschew corruption in the discharge of their duties.
To check corrupt practices in the judiciary, President Buhari said a process had started that would help ensure that persons, Judges and Justices recommended by the NJC for appointment into various Courts of Record in the instant are fit and proper, and are not under any disability to function as Judicial Officers.
"The President’s position is in furtherance of the executive powers vested in him under Section 5 of the 1999 Constitution, which allows him, as the appointing authority, to exercise same reasonably, taking all relevant factors into consideration," the statement further read.
The presidency further assured Nigerians that President Buhari would issue his approval or otherwise as soon as the process of the background verification of recommended justices is completed.