Respite has come the way of Bode Thomas who was compulsorily retired as the Chief Registrar of the Court of Appeal in 2009.

A five-man panel of the Supreme Court, in a unanimous judgment on February 16, 2018, ordered that Thomas be reinstated to his post as the Chief Registrar of the Court of Appeal with effect from the date of his compulsory retirement on March 5, 2009.

Justice Kumai Akaahs faulted the process leading to the FJSC’s decision to compulsorily retire Thomas.

Delivering judgment on an appeal marked SC.228/2013, which was filed by Thomas, the apex court held that the FJSC breached the principles of fair hearing in its handling of the case.

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Thomas was compulsorily retired after the FJSC accepted the report of its investigative committee which examined allegations of “serious misconduct” raised against him in a complaint by Former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Umaru Abdullahi (retd.).

Justice Abdullahi had, by a letter dated November 24, 2008, lodged a complaint against Thomas before the FJSC.

The FJSC is the body concerned with the employment, promotion and discipline of members of staff of all the federal courts and judiciary institutions.

Justice Abdullahi had in his letter to the FJSC accused Thomas, the then Chief Registrar of insubordination and sundry misconduct.

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