The National Judicial Council has recommended to President Muhammadu Buhari the compulsory retirement of Justice Adetokunbo Ademola and Justice O. O. Tokode both of the Federal High Court for misconduct from the Bench.

This was despite the fact that Justice Ademola claimed to have voluntarily resigned on Wednesday.

Earlier on Thursday, Justice Ademola has tendered his letter of voluntary retirement from the bench of the Federal High Court.

The judge was due for his statutory retirement in March 2018 but suddenly turned in his letter of resignation dated December 6, 2017 on Thursday.

Although his one-paragraph letter was received at the Office of the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on December 7 (Thursday), the letter stated that his retirement took effect from December 6 (Wednesday).

The letter did not disclose the reason for the judge’s decision.

But the NJC in a statement by its spokesman, Soji Oye, on Thursday said the Council at its meeting on Wednesday recommended the two judges to President Buhari for compulsory retirement.

Oye stated that the NJC, under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, sanctioned Justice Ademola after considering allegations contained in a petition sent against him by eight persons under the name of ‘Committee of Anambra State PDP House of Representatives Members-Elect.

He urged the public to disregard news that Justice Ademola had voluntarily retired.

“The purported voluntary retirement is clearly an afterthought, as the Council had taken action before his decision to forward any voluntary retirement letter," the statement further read.


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