President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the compulsory retirement of Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court and the dismissal from office of Justice O.O Tokode of the Benin Division of the Federal High Court, as recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
The council, headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, had last December found the two judges guilty of engaging in acts of judicial misconduct.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari, said the disciplinary actions on the two judges are in pursuance of section 292 (1) (b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
Justice Tokode is also to refund all salaries and allowances earned illegally from December 2, 2015 when he was sworn-in as a judge of the Federal High Court to date.
The president urged judicial officers to be alive to their responsibilities and eschew corruption in the discharge of their duties.
In a related development, the Presidency has said judges and justices recommended by the NJC will be approved once the process of the background verification is completed.
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